wedding wednesday no. 16 // wedding dress shopping

Let me warn you… today’s post is going to be a bit long. I have a hunch you’ll forgive me, however, because today is all about wedding dress shopping!

Let me warn you… today’s post is going to be a bit long. I have a hunch you’ll forgive me, however, because today is all about wedding dress shopping!

Let me start off by sharing one rather important detail… yes! I’ve picked out my dress!

(Will someone pinch me?!)

And let me follow that up by quickly saying it definitely one of the most difficult parts of the wedding planning thus far for me.

I’ve had a few friends tell me their wedding-dress-picking-process was a breeze. I even heard “It was the first one I tried on” more than once! And since I had such a specific vision, I was hopeful that I would have a similar experience.

Oh my stars was I wrong, y’all. My sweet mother and I literally went to every. single. salon. in Dallas, and even discussed custom options, before finally finding the dress of my dreams at the Bridal Salon at Neiman Marcus!

But let’s save that full story for another day, shall we?! Today, I want to share the fun part of wedding dress shopping with you trying on gorgeous gowns in the gorgeous Bridal Salon at Neiman Marcus. And all with a glass of champagne in hand, of course!

The Experience

Once I got engaged, my mom and I hit the ground running in searching for “the dress.” Like I mentioned above, we set up appointments everywhere. I think we must have visited over five different showrooms within the span of a couple weeks. Leaving no stone unturned, as they say!

Because of scheduling, the Bridal Salon at Neiman Marcus randomly happened to be the last place on our list. Fun fact – it’s located in the gorgeous Main Street store in Downtown, which I’ve grown up going to since I was a little girl. Whenever I’d end up there for Christmas shopping or lunch at the Zodiac Room, I always dreamed about the day I’d be able to actually try dresses on in the salon instead of just peeking in!

When that day finally arrived, it was even better than I had imagined. Let me just say, it’s hands down the most beautiful bridal salon we visited in Dallas. With white and gold everywhere, you feel like a princess walking through the room! And for those of you who remember my apartment, you know it’s basically my dream aesthetic!

I also simply loved the service. We were set up with Karen as our consultant, who we just adore. She was so caring and nurturing the entire time, totally catching my vision from the get-go. It was such a nice change from the rather salesy experiences we had elsewhere, and I felt so comfortable and at ease because of it.

The Selection

Now, let’s talk about the actual dress selection! While I didn’t know the exact specifics of the dress of my dreams, I did know the look and feel I was going for…

Classic. Timeless. Elegant.

I think that’s what I appreciated the most about my experience at the Bridal Salon at Neiman Marcus. Even with all of the different styles, shapes and fabrics, each and every dress in the showroom had a classic “bridal” quality to it that you could just feel. With designers like Carolina Herrera, Romona Keveza, Oscar De La Renta, Monique Lhuillier and so many others, it was definitely the couture experience I was looking for.

So let’s get on to my dress, shall we? While I’m keeping it a complete secret until the big day (only my mother, father, sister and future mother in law have seen it) I wanted to show you a few of the beautiful dresses I tried on.

Like I mentioned above, there are truly endless options for every type of bride, from glam to traditional. Here are a few of my favorites, along with the style and designer information. Leave a comment and vote for your favorite!

The Dresses

Classic

“L9155” // Legends by Romona Keveza

Glamorous

“Larissa” // Monique Lhuillier

Whimsical

“Belle of the Ball” // Reem Acra

Sophisticated

“Hunter” // Carolina Herrera

Romantic

“New Fiona” // Mira Zwillinger

Finally finding my dress at the Bridal Salon at Neiman Marcus was a true dream come true. I absolutely can’t wait to share it with you come June!

If you’re a bride, or know someone who is, take it from me. Call or email the Bridal Salon at Neiman Marcus and make an appointment. (Tell them I sent you!)

214.573.2663

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Better yet, make a day out of it and plan for brunch at the Zodiac Room before or after!

Now I’m dying to know… what type of dress do you think I’ll wear on my wedding day?!

Love from Texas,

Kate

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my favorite spring barrington patterns

Yesterday, the new Barrington spring and summer prints hit the web, and it’s safe to say I’m obsessed! From palm leaves to lemons and everything in between, something tells me there’s a perfect combination for everyone.

When it comes to brand loyalty, you all know one of my very favorite tried and trues… Barrington!

I have been an avid fan of this bags and leather goods line since my first St. Anne tote years ago (we’re talking 2014, y’all…) and each season, I look forward to seeing the gorgeous new prints and patterns released.

Yesterday, the new Barrington spring and summer prints hit the web, and it’s safe to say I’m obsessed! From palm leaves to lemons and everything in between, something tells me there’s a perfect combination for everyone.

I spent some (ok, wayyy too much) time this morning playing around with my favorite monogram combinations, and thought I’d share them all with you today! Simply click on an item to shop.

Since there are endless color and monogram combinations, the sky is the limit when it comes to designing your dream bag! I hope this gives you some fun inspiration, whether you’re looking for a new everyday tote of your own or a gift for someone special!

Before signing off, I wanted to address a few questions I get all the time about Barrington! The bag I love and use literally daily is the St. Anne tote. It’s a bit bigger than the Savannah tote, and I personally love the extra space! Mine is the style without the zipper, but the St. Anne WITH a zipper was just released if that’s your style. (You can get it here!)

The quality is literally unbelievable, y’all. I always talk about the tote I wore for two years straight in college. I packed it to the brim with a heavy laptop, books, etc and lugged it everywhere. It’s still in amazing condition! These bags LAST.

Secondly, I plan on doing a full blog post on this soon, but THIS purse organizer insert has literally changed my life. I love it so much that I ordered my mom one for Christmas, and now she’s obsessed! It fits in the St. Anne perfectly. Enjoy!

Love from Texas,

Kate

P.S. Be sure to check the blog tomorrow… if you like wedding dresses, you’re going to love the post. :)

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5 little white dresses i’m loving

Today, I thought it would be fun to start off the week with a few little white dresses I recently ordered and am loving. Perfect for brides, graduates, and Easter-attendees alike, I hope you find a few you love!

Now that spring is around the corner, I’ve started seeing more and more adorable white dresses hit my favorite stores. Which means one thing… the hunt for all of my bridal wear is on!

From bruncheons to couples showers and of course the bachelorette party (which, y’all, I can’t wait to share more details on soon) I plan on wearing white through and through!

So today, I thought it would be fun to start off the week with a few little white dresses I recently ordered and am loving. Perfect for brides, graduates, and Easter-attendees alike, I hope you find a few you love!

no. one // long sleeved lace

I have been getting quite a few requests for white dresses that don’t look too summery. Friends, this cute frock is it! I’m obsessed with the long sleeved, lace detailing and the slim, flattering fit. So chic, and so perfect for this time of year.

I’m wearing an XS, and found it fits true to size! Plus, it’s under $100. What’s not to love?! Shop it HERE.

no. two // flirty, feminine ruffles

This adorable dress is practically perfect in every way… flattering fit, gorgeous, feminine details, and a price tag under $100! I think this would be a gorgeous option for a bridesmaids luncheon, shower or even engagement photos.

For size reference, I’m in an XS. If you’re between sizes, go up! Shop it HERE.

no. three // buttoned up beauty

If timeless and traditional is your cup of tea, you’re going to love this dress! The lace overlay and darling collar make it so unique and fun.

I ordered a size 0 (my usual size) and found the dress to be a bit snug and difficult to move up top. Also, prepare for the lace to be a bit itchy. Things to keep in mind if ordering! Shop it HERE.

no. four // fabulous frills

Now ladies, this is quite a statement-maker! It fits a bit too tight for my taste, but has some fabulously-fun frills that make for quite the dramatic back. I’m thinking this would be perfect for a bachelorette!

I’m wearing a size 0 and would recommend going up a size in this dress. Shop it HERE.

no. five // all the colors of the rainbow

This rainbow beauty is more of a splurge, but in my opinion… worth it! It’s also selling out everywhere, but I found it available in all sizes here. You have to check it out in my Instagram Stories today to see how it looks on… it’s too fun!

I’m wearing an XS, and can tell you it fits true to size. Shop this dress HERE.

I’m loving this white dress hunt, and promise to keep you up to date with all of my favorites! If you’re also looking for all-white-errething, let me know your favorite places to shop ’em and what price point you’re looking for!

And don’t forget, I’ll be trying all of these dresses on in my Instagram Story today, so be sure to follow along!

Love from Texas,

Kate

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latest & greatest vol. 76

A full week in my new living situation is finally under my belt, and I have to say I am loving it! It doesn’t hurt that we also had a few balmy, 75 degree days here in Dallas. In typical Texas fashion, though, we’re back to a drizzly 32 today. Bah humbug!

A full week in my new living situation is finally under my belt, and I have to say I am loving it! It doesn’t hurt that we also had a few balmy, 75 degree days here in Dallas. In typical Texas fashion, though, we’re back to a drizzly 32 today. Bah humbug!

Today’s roundup of the cutest new arrivals to hit the web this week includes lots o pink (hello maxi dress I must own) and a new favorite snack of mine! Let’s just say I stock up on these, now. Has anyone else tried them?!

You’ll also find the newly-released Lilly Pulitzer coffee table book, and let’s just say it definitely deserves a place of honor in any Lilly lover’s home. I can’t wait to get my hands on one!

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Since Andrew and I will be traveling to Gainesville on Valentine’s day, he’s planned a special date for us this weekend. It involves a fabulous restaurant in Ft. Worth, and then a trip to the rodeo championship! I am so excited to finally wear my newest pair of City Boots. Y’all… they’re PINK!

Wishing all of you a wonderful weekend! Can’t wait to see you back here on Monday for a “try on” of a few white dresses I’ve ordered. So many cute ones!

Love from Texas,

Kate

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wedding wednesday no. 15

Hello from a new home, y’all! I’m so excited to update you on my new living situation.

Hello from a new home, y’all!

And an old one… let me explain. :)

The Next Four Months

You may remember a couple months back when I mentioned my apartment lease was ending, and I was needing to figure out what to do with the four-ish remaining months before getting married.

Andrew and I are waiting to move in together until after we get married, so that put me in a bit of a pickle… Go month to month on my lease? Sign on for a 6-month lease and eat the cost of the two months I wouldn’t be using it? Find a new place altogether?

There wasn’t an obvious answer on the table, but I had peace knowing the Lord would provide just what I needed. And a few weeks later, while talking it through with Andrew, that’s exactly what happened!

So for today’s Wedding Wednesday post, I thought I’d update you on my new living situation, and what Andrew and I are planning on for these next few months (eek!!!) before we get married.

Back House Livin’

The answer to that big “what on earth do I do now” question? My sweet future in-laws so graciously offered for me to stay in their back house until Andrew and I get married. And for a hundred different reasons, I can’t tell you what an answered prayer it is!

For starters, their house is just a few minutes away from my old apartment, and just a few blocks away from my parent’s house. So I’m basically in the exact same area I’ve lived in for the past three years – no major relocating necessary.

Secondly, the size is perfect. It’s private, cozy, and absolutely beautiful. (My future mother in law has impeccable taste, so no wonder!) It is basically a little studio complete with a gorgeous, comfy couch, a closet, bathroom, kitchenette, and living area. I confess, I was a bit nervous to downsize from a big townhome to a studio, but I have absolutely loved every second of it! It’s such a fun change of pace, and I love how cozy and homey it feels.

Because of the compact size, I knew living and working there wouldn’t be an option. Andrew actually was the one who had the idea of me “splitting” everything up… living in his parents back house, and setting up my office in my parent’s house. So that’s exactly what we’ve done! Like I said above, our parents live so close to one another, so it’s maybe a 3 minute “commute” to work every day. Can’t complain about that!

A random side note… the room I’ve moved my office into is the very same room I took Lonestar Southern full-time four years ago! For those of you who don’t know, I moved in with my parents for a year after graduating to see if I could make “blogging full-time” a thing. So much has changed, grown, and happened since then, and I have to confess that I feel so nostalgic sitting here now!

Movin’ Out and Movin’ In

Let’s talk about downsizing for a second, shall we? Oy, y’all. I spent the past two weeks combing through everything I’d managed to accumulate over the past three years and deciding what would make the move with us, what I would give away and what I would sell. This process was long and arduous, but incredibly healthy and freeing. It’s amazing how much “head space” clears up when you get rid of things you don’t need.

After looking through all of the recommendations y’all sent in, I decided to use PODS to store and transport all of my furniture to Gainesville. Last week, we packed all of it into a huge POD container, and will see it in Florida a few months. It was crazy watching my whole “apartment” drive away. :)

As for the clothes… get excited for a MASSIVE sale I’ll be holding in Dallas in the coming months. I have so many pieces that I love, but just do not need anymore, and I’m so excited to find them new homes! I’ll fill you in on all of the details soon, so stay tuned!

In conclusion, I am so thankful that this whole scenario worked out so seamlessly. I am also so thankful for the extra time I will get with both of our families through this move! I have been so used to doing my own thing in my apartment for so long that I’ve absolutely loved being around my loved ones so much. With our move to Gainesville on the horizon, you can bet I’m thanking my lucky stars and soaking up all of these special moments.

Our Gainesville Home

Now that we have the “pre-wedding” living situation all figured out, Andrew and I are looking ahead to Gainesville!

Ideally, we’d love to purchase a home. The only problem? I’ve never even been to Gainesville. Makes things a bit complicated, wouldn’t you say?

So, next week, Andrew and I, along with our cute mamas, are flying down to Florida to do some good old-fashioned house hunting. I feel like we should be on an episode of House Hunters… we’re really hoping to find something that weekend, make an offer, and check that off our list!

Obviously, home buying can be much more complicated, so we are praying hard about it and walking into next weekend with open hands. If we get there are realize we need to rent instead, we’re ok with that too! If y’all wouldn’t mind, I would love your prayers over that next weekend… that the Lord would give us wisdom, patience, and discernment throughout the process and, if He wills it, that He’d bless us with a perfect option!

I know there’s a lot to potentially stress over, but I really do have this peace that everything is going to work out the way it’s supposed to. The Lord has been so faithful every step of engagement thus far, and I know He will continue to be. Let me tell you, that assurance has 100% been the reason I’ve loved this season so much instead of letting it stress me out!

So, Here We Go…

It feels like things are really starting to happen, y’all, and with all of this change, the wedding is starting to feel like it’s getting close! After all, June is just 4 months away. Wild! I’m so excited to share this big living update with y’all, and, as always, can’t wait to bring you along in this new season. I’d love to put together a Q&A soon to make sure I’m keeping y’all totally in the loop, so if I can answer any questions, feel free to leave them below!

Love from Texas,

Kate

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valentine’s day pjs

An unofficial tradition I started a few years back? Treating myself to a cute new pair of PJs every Valentine’s Day. I’ve scoured the web, and have rounded up all of my favorites for you below!

Can I get three cheers for making it through January? It is, admittedly, my least favorite month of the year. No holidays, lots of cold, dreary weather, the list goes on. But in my mind, February marks the very earliest teensiest beginning of spring (it’s a stretch, I know, but go with me) and I am so thrilled about it!

My favorite part of February? Valentine’s Day! Single or not, this has always been one of my favorite holidays of the year. Pinks and reds, candy and chocolate, I Love Yous… what’s not to love?!

An unofficial tradition I started a few years back was to treat myself to a cute new pair of PJs every Valentine’s Day. I’ve scoured the web, and have rounded up all of my favorites for you below!

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A perfect Valentine’s Day, in my opinion? Eating my favorite dinner, then cozy-ing up in one of these adorable sets for a movie and a glass of wine. Who’s with me?!

Y’all… last week was without a doubt one of the busiest of my life. I moved out of my apartment, into my new Dallas home (more details on that later), and then ran straight into DTown… a weekend-long retreat with my bible study of high school freshman! After lots of rest yesterday (what Superbowl??) I am so excited for a fresh start to the week. Time to get stuff DONE.

Love from Texas,

Kate

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