the most fun matching set i own

There’s something both feminine and fierce about this two-piece set, y’all, and ever since I took it to Italy I’ve been dying to share more about it here on the blog!

TOP   finders keepers ruffled crop top (wearing size XS)   |   SKIRT   finders keepers ruffled skirt (wearing size XS)   |   EARRINGS  lisi lerch gogo earrings large   |   SHOES   ankle strap wedges   |   BAG   straw bag

There’s something both feminine and fierce about this two-piece set, y’all, and ever since I took it to Italy I’ve been dying to share more about it here on the blog!

Sets are all the rage this season, and if you’ve spent some time around here you know they’re my favorite as well. This one has lots of color, a fabulous fit and feminine ruffles that take the look to the next level! What’s not to love?

I paired it with this fabulous set of new statement earrings I got. Swoon-worthy, no? Lisi Lerch has, in my opinion, the best statement pieces out there and these have already gone into heavy rotation! So simple yet so striking. I’m in love!

Here are a few other matching sets I’m currently loving!

After a fabulous week celebrating my bestie’s bachelorette in New Orleans, I’m packing up to head off to Nantucket with the Vineyard Vines team tomorrow! Ever since I went last summer, I’ve been itching to get back. First thing on my list? Fresh lobster rolls!

Love from Texas,

Kate

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latest & greatest vol. 61

I’ve continued to get questions over the travel items I featured before leaving for Italy, so I thought it would be fun to round them all up today. These are all items I absolutely love and can’t fly without!

Happy, happy Friday y’all! It’s safe to say I’ve been on the travel circuit as of late, and if you’re subscribed to Happy Mail (you can sign up HERE if you’re not yet) you know I’m headed on another adventure next week!

Before that even happens, I’m boarding another plane this evening and heading off to New Orleans for the bachelorette party of one of my very best friends, Julie! (Fun fact, Julie and her fiancé were the ones who set up Andrew and I!)

I’ve continued to get questions over the travel items I featured before leaving for Italy, so I thought it would be fun to round them all up today. These are all items I absolutely love and can’t fly without!

Would y’all be interested in specific reviews of any of the products above? I’d be happy to go into more detail if that’s something y’all would want to see!

Signing off now because I still have yet to pack. Eek! I’m nothing if not a procrastinator. ;)

Wishing y’all a wonderful weekend!

Love from Texas,

Kate

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Cristina Earrings

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Denise Earrings

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backless ric rac dress

Ric rac is one of my very favorite trends this season, so it’s no surprise that I’ve been steadily filling my closet with it over the past few months! (Like with this gorgeous beach dress, this fun top and more!) I found this sweet sundress before leaving for Italy and knew it was a must-have as well.

DRESS   ric rac backless dress   |   EARRINGS   white fringe earrings   |   BAG   straw bag (removed the tassel) |   SHOES   ankle strap wedges   |   BRA   adhesive backless bra

Ric rac is one of my very favorite trends this season, so it’s no surprise that I’ve been steadily filling my closet with it over the past few months! (Like with this gorgeous beach dress, this fun top and more!)

I found this sweet sundress before leaving for Italy and knew it was a must-have as well.

Not only do the ric rac-lined ruffles make such a fun statement, but the backless silhouette gives this frock something fun, unique and fresh as well! (Pssst, this bra is a life-saver for backless clothing. I practically wear it all summer!)

Needless to say, this is one piece you definitely want in your closet. And speaking of, I’m finally back to regular programming around here! Thank y’all so much for your patience with delayed posts while I transition back into the swing of things. I can’t wait to share more Italy content with you and other fun fashion finds. If you have any blog post requests, let me know!

Love from Texas,

Kate

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summer statements // 32 earrings i’m loving now

This week, I’ve been scouring the web (aka my favorite term for “online shopping”) in search of some new inspiration for content here on Lonestar Southern. Before I knew it, I had a whole slew of summer statement earrings saved to my wishlist!

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It’s no secret I love a good statement earring, and I’m always hearing from y’all that you love them too!

This week, I’ve been scouring the web (aka my favorite term for “online shopping”) in search of some new inspiration for content here on Lonestar Southern. Before I knew it, I had a whole slew of summer statement earrings saved to my wishlist!

I’m still unpacking and working on getting new blog posts created for y’all after my two weeks away, so today I thought I’d share with you the ear candy I currently have my eye on.

You’ll find that the vast majority of these pretty little things are under $50. (I did throw in a couple of splurges, though!) Simply click on any of the beauties above to shop!

Love from Texas,

Kate

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what i wore this weekend // wedding guest

So today, I thought it would be fun to do a less “edited,” more “real life” look at what I actually wore as a wedding guest this weekend. Be warned, you won’t find any DSLR photos here… just snaps I managed to take oh my iPhone. I’ll be spilling everything from underpinnings to accessories, so read on below for all of the fun!

Happy Monday, friends! After being out of the country for two weeks only to head right back out of the city once I got back home last week, it’s safe to say I am feeling this Monday in a big way. Pass the coffee, please!

This weekend was such a fun one, y’all. I have to say, I’m still on a bit of a high from it! I got to spend time with friends I haven’t seen in a while all while celebrating the loveliest couple, Brad and Ashley.

I did something a little different and uploaded a bunch of Instagram Stories of the festivities (usually I take weekends off to unplug) and got so many questions about what I was wearing!

So today, I thought it would be fun to do a less “edited,” more “real life” look at what I actually wore as a wedding guest this weekend. Be warned, you won’t find any professional photos here… just snaps I managed to take oh my iPhone. I’ll be spilling everything from underpinnings to accessories, so read on below for all of the fun!

rehearsal dinner

DRESS   red sandro cocktail dress (wearing size 34, more sizes available here)   |   EARRINGS   pearl drop earrings (old Kate Spade, similar but smaller linked)   |   LIP COLOR   merry rose   |   CLUTCH   ysl clutch   |   SHOES   christian louboutin simple pumps

The rehearsal dinner was absolutely stunning, and we had such a great time that these were the only two photos I managed to snap! I had purchased this beautiful dress (more sizes here) last week while in Paris, and was itching for the chance to wear it for the first time. It ended up being the perfect, timeless, elegant piece for the occasion!

Fun fact, the designer of the dress, sandro, is a Parisian line that is actually more expensive in the US than it is in France! That’s why whenever I travel abroad, I always try to find a boutique. While the pieces are definitely at a higher price point, the beautiful material and incredibly quality construction make them pieces you’ll own for years. I purchased this sandro coat nearly four years ago, and it’s still my go-to in colder months!

This red dress is one I know I’ll have in my closet for years. With it’s timeless silhouette and gorgeous deep red hue, I plan on getting a lot of wear out of it!

Wedding

DRESS   navy BCBG gown   |   EARRINGS   navy hoop statement earrings   |   LIP COLOR   merry rose   |   CLUTCH   ysl clutch   |   HEELS   coach strappy platform heels   |   SPANX   spanx oncore shorts

When I shop nowadays, I’m always looking for pieces that are in-stock so that it’s easy for you to find them if you end up falling in love with something I wear! Since this was a personal event, however, (and one I obviously wasn’t planning on blogging – ha!) I didn’t think twice about purchasing this gorgeous, navy dress from the BCBG outlet store near Dallas!

My mom, sister and I were actually there looking for a formal dress for my sister, but when I came across this off the shoulder piece I knew it had to come home with me. The construction of this gown is absolutely beautiful, with a subtle train at the back you can’t see from these photos! It definitely has a lower neckline than I typically wear, but since I’m so flat chested I felt comfortable enough wearing and dancing in it all night.

I paired it with these fun earrings to keep it festive and light, and wore this pair of heels… my go-to for weddings! I’ve owned these for over a year, and wish I could find them available in more sizes. With the straps and platform, they are endlessly comfortable. I wore them all night dancing and didn’t have to take them off once!

I also have to say that I found the best pair of spanx to wear under this dress. I highly recommend these if you’re looking for a pair as well! They’re lightweight, easy to move in but quite effective at keeping things held in and smoothed out. They made me feel comfortable and confident all night!

Like I said above, this is definitely not my usual type of post, but I love sharing bits of my “non-bloggy” life with y’all here and there! Would you be interested in seeing more posts like this? Let me know below if so!

Love from Texas,

Kate

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latest & greatest vol. 60

Happy Friday, y’all! I had to do a double take when I typed out “vol. 60” on this week’s roundup of the cutest new arrivals to hit the web. Can you believe we’ve had that many?! These posts continue to be a favorite of mine to put together, and I think you’re going to love all of the blue and white going on in today’s roundup!

Happy Friday, y’all! I had to do a double take when I typed out “vol. 60” on this week’s roundup of the cutest new arrivals to hit the web. Can you believe we’ve had that many?! These posts continue to be a favorite of mine to put together, and I think you’re going to love all of the blue and white going on in today’s roundup!

A few things I’m loving in particular? This striped set (each piece is under $100) and these pom pom hoops. Wouldn’t they look so cute styled together?

I can’t believe I’m saying this… but I’m jumping on another plane this morning and heading to San Antonio! Andrew is in a wedding for one of his very best friends, and I can’t wait to celebrate.

I haven’t told y’all this yet, but I bought the most beautiful dress in Paris and plan on wearing it to the rehearsal dinner tonight! (The designer is 50% more expensive in the states, so I always make sure to stop by their store when I’m abroad!)

I’m wishing you a lovely weekend, whatever you’re up to. Please try to get a few extra hours of sleep for me… I am long overdue for a lazy day or two! :)

Love from Texas,

Kate

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