an easy, everyday fall outfit

  VEST   nordstrom essential knit vest (also in black and soft grey)   |   BOOTS   tory burch brooke tan riding boots (also in black and dark brown)   |   BAG   barrington st. anne axis print tote   |   EARRINGS   tortoise shell hoop earrings   |   SHIRT   caslon long sleeve crewneck tee (wearing XS regular)   |   JEANS   caslon…

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VEST   nordstrom essential knit vest (also in black and soft grey)   |   BOOTS   tory burch brooke tan riding boots (also in black and dark brown)   |   BAG   barrington st. anne axis print tote   |   EARRINGS   tortoise shell hoop earrings   |   SHIRT   caslon long sleeve crewneck tee (wearing XS regular)   |   JEANS   caslon high waist skinny jeans

When fall rolls around, I quickly assume a pretty consistent “uniform,” if you will. It’s one I wear almost daily, and one that’s comprised of pieces that are easily interchangeable. The formula?

Dark wash denim. Riding boots. Long sleeve blouse. Vest.

This little formula consistently results in an ensemble that is comfortable, classic and perfect for fall! It’s one you hardly have to think about, and always looks effortlessly put-together.

The key? Investing in pieces that form the base of this! These Tory Burch riding boots were a big purchase, but I have already gotten so much use out of them and will for the next few months as well! I pulled the trigger because they are my favorite shade of leather… soft, caramelly tan! They go with just about every other piece in my closet, making for easy accessorizing!

Secondly? A great vest! This is one piece that adds a layering element to your look, creating some interest and changing things up from the typical top + jeans combo.  This one from Nordstrom is great quality and fabulously light-weight, which is such a plus for those experiencing fall down south. It also comes in black and grey, which are two other great shades for mixing and matching!

What’s great about this ensemble is you can easily switch up the blouse to create different looks. Opt for a striped long-sleeved tee, layer in a crewneck sweater or add a plaid button down to switch things up!

This look is tried and true classic and one I consistently reach for! What ensemble do you find yourself wearing when autumn rolls around?

Love from Texas,

Kate

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wedding wednesday no. 3 // three words to describe our wedding

Hello, and happy Wednesday friends! The past couple of weeks have been incredibly busy and productive in terms of wedding planning, and I have so many fun updates I am giddy about sharing! While deciding on which update I would share this week, I pretty quickly realized that I have…

Hello, and happy Wednesday friends!

The past couple of weeks have been incredibly busy and productive in terms of wedding planning, and I have so many fun updates I am giddy about sharing!

While deciding on which update I would share this week, I pretty quickly realized that I have yet to share the vision I have for our big day! Since I’m still in the beginning process of picking out vendors and deciding on details, my “vision,” or, in other words, the look, feel and personality I’m hoping to bring to our wedding, is really all I have to go off of at this point.

During a recent vendor meeting, I was asked to sum up how I picture the look and feel of my wedding in three words. After deciding on them, I was surprised at how I was able to translate and describe all the thoughts swimming through my head so succinctly with just three adjectives! So today, I’m excited to share with you these same three words that I want to describe our big day in hopes of giving you a peek into the “vision” behind the planning process.

1. timeless

Ever since I can remember, I’ve always been drawn to the gorgeous elegance of the classic, traditional wedding. From the church ceremony and the black tuxes to the “something borrowed” tradition and everything in between, I’ve always found something absolutely magical and romantic about little cliches that come to mind when you think “wedding.”

“Timeless” is also a characteristic I strive for in terms of personal style. I’ve always loved the look perfected by Audrey Hepburn, Grace Kelly, Kate Middleton and the like, and have favored classic silhouettes and styles to trendier looks for as long as I can remember. So when it comes to the look of our wedding, I know I want that same style represented!

So, what does a “timeless” wedding look like in terms of Andrew and I’s day? A lot of beautiful tradition. I’m excited to bring elements that have been a part of weddings for decades into our ceremony and reception in a lovely, fresh way. We’ll be getting married in the loveliest chapel, have our reception at the country club that my parents had theirs at, and so on and so forth. It’s definitely going to feel traditional… but not in a stuffy way. I’m so excited!

I know there are certain things about the day that will definitely denote a twenty-first-century ceremony, but my dream is to look back on our wedding the same way I look back on those of Grace Kelly, Megan Markle, and many others.

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2. southern

Another characteristic I am dying to bring into Andrew and I’s wedding day? The classic, warm, southern personality and culture I’ve come to know and love from growing up in Texas!

I don’t know that I really want a defined “theme” for our wedding, but I definitely do want to bring in plenty of fun southern elements!

One that I’m really excited about? A custom monogram!

I’ve seen this incorporated in so many weddings, and just love how personal and unique to each couple it makes the celebration! I don’t know exactly how I’ll use it just yet, but I’ve seen monograms incorporated in so many creative ways and can’t wait to brainstorm more!

I’m also still researching who to use to bring this to life, so you have any recommendations I would absolutely love them!

Another way I’m looking forward to bringing a “southern” feel into the reception? The menu!

Andrew and I have yet to decide on what we’ll serve, but if it was up to me we’d all feast on fried chicken, mashed potatoes, green beans, and all the fixings. :) I think, ok I know my mother is going to draw the line at finger food (so chicken fingers are sadly out of the running) but I’m looking forward to getting creative with this and doing something a little different than the standard offerings. I say all of this now, but we will see!

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3. fun

Now, I know after reading the first two words you may be thinking to yourself “yawnnn.” A traditional, southern wedding? I know plenty of you have been there, done that!

But y’all, what I’m most excited about bringing into this day is an element of fun. I think that’s one of my favorite things about Andrew and I’s relationship as silly as it may seem to say, we have so much fun together!

So in everything from the color scheme (more on that soon) to the band (which is so different and something I’m so excited about!!!) to the decoration details, the underlying vibe, if you will, is going to be upbeat and fun! More than the tradition or the southern feel, I hope people walk away from this day remembering how much fun they had.

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So, y’all… timeless, southern, fun. Hopefully by now, you have a good feel for what Andrew and I are hoping our wedding day looks and feels like! Now for the fun of bringing it all together!

Next wedding Wednesday, I’m planning on posting a planning update… what we’ve done, what we’ve booked, etc. Let me know if that’s something you’d like to see! And as always, thank you for sharing in our excitement! It means the absolute world.

Love from Texas,

Kate

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my first bodysuit

Let’s just all have a moment of honesty. Has the concept of a “bodysuit” ever freaked anyone else out? I’m not sure what it is… but ever since they came onto the scene a couple seasons ago, they’ve just… intimidated me. (I think it’s because they remind me of my purple leopard sequined leotard gymnastics days. Anyone else?!)

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SKIRT   bb dakota veni vidi vici vegan leather miniskirt (available in more sizes here, also in black)   |   SHIRT   lace-lined chiffon bodysuit ($19, also in black)   |   BOOTS   faux suede heeled boots (also worn here, here, here and here)   |   BELT   wide tan belt   |   EARRINGS   gold hoop earrings

Let’s just all have a moment of honesty. Has the concept of a “bodysuit” ever freaked anyone else out? I’m not sure what it is… but ever since they came onto the scene a couple seasons ago, they’ve just… intimidated me. (I think it’s because they remind me of my purple leopard sequined leotard gymnastics days. Anyone else?!)

I get their practicality, and I’ve certainly loved outfits they’re a part of, but until this past week, I wasn’t sure I could ever pull one off.

Friends, meet the piece that changed all that… this $19 lace-lined chiffon bodysuit! At first glance, I didn’t realize it was a bodysuit. The modest neckline and beautiful blousy sleeves aren’t really what I’ve come to expect with those! Know what I mean? But with the gorgeous details and the under $20 price tag, I decided to give it a shot.

I’m so happy I did, because it’s now become one of my favorite pieces to style with high-waisted skirts and jeans. I love that because it’s a bodysuit, I don’t have to worry about finding an undershirt to wear with it… the lovely lace one is sewn right in!

Let’s just say this came as a happy surprise to me. Who knows what “crazy” trend I’ll try out next! ;)

Love from Texas,

Kate

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latest & greatest vol. 69

It’s a cool, blustery Friday here in Dallas, and I’m writing this snuggled up on my couch with my fireplace going! A little aggressive? Yes. Would I change a thing? Absolutely not!

It’s a cool, blustery Friday here in Dallas, and I’m writing this snuggled up on my couch with my fireplace going! A little aggressive? Yes. Would I change a thing? Absolutely not!

Today’s roundup of the cutest new arrivals to hit the web has me craving falling leaves and chilly evenings! I’m simultaneously looking up cheap flights to the north as I’m putting together this post. Even though the weather has finally dipped, there’s not an orange-colored tree to be found here in Dallas! :)

The $15 ombre leggings I found above were inspired by my recent foray into Pure Barre! I’ve officially been going three times a week for just two weeks now, but am already excited to update y’all at the month mark. Let’s just say I have never, ever felt such a burn, or seen the effects so quickly!

Today? I’m looking forward to a day of floral appointments (!!!) and computer work as we head into this weekend. Thank y’all for your patience with blog posts that get posted later in the morning! Wedding planning hasn’t gotten stressful yet, but certainly time-consuming. I feel like I’ve already learned so much about the process!

Wishing everyone a wonderful, safe weekend! Anyone headed to the fair?

Love from Texas,

Kate

P.S. Do you remember the white faux fur poncho I posted about last December? It sold out in a flash, but is back in stock and in quite a few colors! Grab it here!

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you go glen coco

When I came across this skirt in a classic glen plaid (and just $19,90 at that) it was an instant “add to cart.” This is one of those pieces you can wear in warmer weather white a lovely white blouse and ballet flats, and then transition for cooler temps with boots and a chic turtleneck.

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mini skirt glen plaid

SKIRT   glen plaid miniskirt (wearing size S, $19.90)   |   TOP   black turtleneck ($9.90)   |   BOOTS   faux suede boots (under $50, fit true to size)   |   SUNGLASSES   black rayban sunglasses

One of my favorite things about fall is the return of plaids, checks and ginghams galore. There’s something about these rich patterns that make any ensemble feel a bit cozier, and a bit more classic!

When I came across this skirt in a classic glen plaid (and just $19,90 at that) it was an instant “add to cart.” This is one of those pieces you can wear in warmer weather white a lovely white blouse and ballet flats, and then transition for cooler temps with boots and a chic turtleneck.

As I was looking up this skirt just now to get the link for y’all, I realized I had styled it exactly the way the product model had! Great minds? :) In all seriousness, it doesn’t get more “classic fall” than turtlenecks, plaids and suede boots. I think that’s why I love this ensemble so much!

Something fun thing to note? This entire look is from Forever21! I say this all the time, but I genuinely love shopping online thereIf you’re looking for great fall pieces at budget-friendly prices, skip the overcrowded, overwhelming and understocked store experience and shop from the comfort of your own computer. It’s a game changer, trust me! :)

Love from Texas,

Kate

P.S. I’ve been talking y’alls ears off about these boots, but let me tell you again how great they are. They’re under $50 but look way more expensive than that, and I’ve been pairing them with everything recently! I own them in black (seen here) and brown (seen here and here), and am happy to report that both colors are still fully in stock. Some sizes are starting to get low in stock, though, so don’t delay!

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wedding sledding no. 2 // when and where we are getting married

It’s official… Wednesdays have become my new favorite day of the blog week! Ever since sharing my first wedding update last week (hilariously dubbed “wedding sledding” by my father) I’ve been in a tizzy of excitement realizing that I get to share this entire process with you! Having a group…

It’s official… Wednesdays have become my new favorite day of the blog week! Ever since sharing my first wedding update last week (hilariously dubbed “wedding sledding” by my father) I’ve been in a tizzy of excitement realizing that I get to share this entire process with you! Having a group of friends (albeit virtual! :) to share my excitement with has already been the sweetest thing, so thank you for sharing in the fun of this season with me!

Last week I asked you to vote on Instagram whether you wanted to hear how Andrew and I met or when we’re getting married for the first update… me and Andrew’s story won out by a couple hundred of votes, so today I’m so excited to share when it is we’re getting married!

Let me start out by saying that I won’t be sharing the actual date here on the blog. I know if I was reading this from a blogger I follow, I’d be thinking, “Wait, no! I’m dying to know! Why not?!” To answer that, it really is just a small way to make sure I’m fully present during the week-of and, most importantly, on the big day itself!

I know I’ll be extra emotional/excited/tired/caffeinated/overwhelmed that week/weekend, so taking away the added pressure of social media will help me to soak everything in as best as I can! At least, that’s my hope! :)

I’m already looking forward to “surprising” y’all the day after, and rest assured, I’ll still be sharing all of the planning details leading up to the wedding! Plus, the week after the wedding (AKA the week we’re honeymooning… eek!!!) is when I’ll be covering all of the date-specific details that I won’t be sharing beforehand. Needless to say, it’s going to be a fun week here on Lonestar Southern, and I can hardly wait!

All that being said… I am so excited to share the month Andrew and I will be getting married. Drumroll please…

 

June!

 

Yes, y’all, as in June 2019! If you do the math, it’s only seven and a half months away! (But who’s counting, right?) That honestly feels so soon, and I already know these next few months are going to fly by.

I’ll be sharing the reason why we’re getting married in June, specifically, in a future blog post, but that’s a whole other story! For now, let’s just say I am over the moon to get married in this picture perfect, summery month, however cliché it may be. I never imagined I’d be a June bride!

Now on to the “where.” Since both of our families, and many of our friends, are from Dallas, Dallas was such a natural, easy decision for us in terms of location. I’m so excited that we will be getting married at a church and dancing the night away at a reception venue that are each very special to us and to our families. Like I mentioned above, I’ll be spilling more about the exact locations after the fact!

I’m resisting the urge to type out my vision and ideas for the look and feel of the wedding right this second, but I think that’s a post for another day. Would y’all be interested in seeing some “wedding inspiration” for an upcoming Wedding Sledding post? Let me know, if so!

If there’s one thing I’ve learned throughout my quick intro into wedding planning thus far, it’s that planning a wedding in Dallas, and in June, is not for the faint of heart. I figured it would be a busy month for wedding vendors, but could never have predicted how far in advance many wedding-related services would already be booked up! Oh, little naive Kate.

Because of that, I’m feeling so incredibly thankful that we have the big things like the church, reception venue and a few other important pieces of the puzzle all booked and ready to go (can’t wait to share more about these!) and that now the fun, creative process can begin! My wheels are already spinning, and I can’t wait to bring y’all along!

Thank y’all again for sharing in this season with me! Don’t forget, if there’s a specific wedding-related post you’d like to see, let me know in the comments!

Love from Texas,

Kate