what i would wear to prom

I loved, loved, loved hearing from so many of you how much you enjoyed the post and that many of you were in need of some serious prom dress inspiration. So today, I thought it would be fun to share with you what I would wear if I was heading to prom this year!

This post is brought to you by Bloomingdale’s.

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DRESS   fame and partners blue ruffle dress   |   EARRINGS   floral drop earrings   |   SHOES   gold glitter heels   |   CLUTCH   tory burch crossbody

Last week, I had the best time sharing a look back at my senior prom and how I recreated the look with this season’s gorgeous selection of prom gowns from Bloomgindale’s. (If you missed it, be sure to check it out here!)

I loved, loved, loved hearing from so many of you how much you enjoyed the post and that many of you were in need of some serious prom dress inspiration. So today, I thought it would be fun to share with you what I would wear if I was heading to prom this year!

If you’ve frequented Lonestar Southern over the years, you know my fondness for clothing that not only looks gorgeous on, but is truly fun to wear. In the case of prom, it’s especially important to select a dress that you can move, dance, sit and stand in!

That’s one of the main reasons I selected this gorgeous fame and partners dress. While this style is stunning on, there are so many design details that make it a perfectly practical option for prom.

First off? The lace-up back! This detail makes the fit of this gown instantly customizable, giving you the ability to adjust the waist and neckline to your own silhouette. Dealing with unruly straps or waistlines that dig are the last things you want to be concerned with on your big night, and the lace-up back ensures you won’t have to!

I, without exception, always have to get formal dresses tailored because of my petite build and height (5’2″ over here), but didn’t have to touch this dress because of the lace up back! Truly a miracle.

Secondly, let’s talk about the skirt. Doesn’t it make this gown absolutely jaw-dropping? If you look closely, you’ll see that the fullness of the skirt comes in on the lower third of the dress. This keeps the silhouette streamlined and flattering up top, since extra material isn’t bulking up the waistline.

Finally, the leg slit. This detail not only adds a chic touch to the gown, it also makes it comfortable and flattering. Breaking up the skirt with this detail elongates your silhouette and keeps you from looking like you’re “swallowed” in a bunch of fabric.

It also allows you to move much more freely, not to mention making spins and twirls 100x more dramatic. (Yes, please!) If the slit is too high for your taste, keep in mind you can always add a safety pin to shorten it or let a tailor adjust it to your preference.

This dress is part of the Fame and Partners line, which I highly recommend checking out not only for prom but also for any black tie weddings or other formal occasions you have coming up! A few of my favorites? This glamorous black beauty, this blue lace dress, and this lovely lilac wrap.

Don’t forget, Bloomingdale’s has an entire prom department, with everything from stunning shoes to picture-perfect accessories. Shop it all here!

Love from Texas,

Kate

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the brand new collection i’ve been dying to shop

When Julia of Gal Meets Glam teased at releasing her own collection of dresses, I nearly fainted. The collection finally launched this morning, and I’m beside myself with how ladylike, lovely, modest and fresh these beautiful pieces are.

I’ve had the same answer to the question, “Who’s your favorite blogger?” for years… since I first learned what blogging was, actually. Whenever I’m in need of gorgeous, lovely, feminine inspiration, I always turn to Julia Engel of Gal Meets Glam.

She’s one of those bloggers I’ve followed for years. I remember reading about her husband quitting his job to work with her full time. I remember when she hit 100K on Instagram. (She’s in the millions now!) I even met her briefly one time and she told me she loved my scarf. MY SCARF, Y’ALL. Still not over it.

She has a stunning, classic elegance about her that she brings into every post she publishes and every piece she wears. I could sing her praises until my voice runs out!

So when she teased at releasing her own collection of dresses, I nearly fainted. The collection finally launched this morning, and I’m beside myself with how ladylike, lovely, modest and fresh these beautiful pieces are.

On Fridays, I usually post a “Latest and Greatest” roundup. Today, I figured Julia’s new collection was just about as late and great as it gets. Below, I’m sharing my very favorite ten pieces from her collection. You can shop the entire assortment on Nordstrom and Gal Meets Glam!

What dress did I pull the trigger on? It was such a hard decision (let’s be honest, they’re all stunning!) but the second I saw this beautifully bow’d halter dress, it was game over. It arrives on Monday, and I’m just jittery with excitement to try it on! I’m also head over heels for this more formal number and this sweet pearl-embroidered dress.

Job well done, Julia! I can’t imagine the countless hours that went into this passion project. Y’all be sure to take a look and let me know which dress is calling your name!

Love from Texas,

Kate

P.S. Don’t forget! I’m sharing my beauty routine, just in time for the Sephora Sale that goes live TODAY, here!

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how i do my makeup

Friends, I am so thrilled to finally be sharing a full, in-depth post on how I do my makeup! This is a post that has been highly requested by y’all for the longest time, and in honor of the Sephora Spring Bonus sale that starts tomorrow (!!!) I figured it was the perfect time to finally put this together!

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Friends, I am so thrilled to finally be sharing a full, in-depth post on how I do my makeup! This is a post that has been highly requested by y’all for the longest time, and in honor of the Sephora Spring Bonus sale that starts tomorrow (!!!) I figured it was the perfect time to finally put this together!

Before we dive into my personal beauty routine, let’s quickly cover all the important info on the Sephora Spring Bonus sale. Why? Because so many of my holy grail products are included, and these products hardly ever go on sale at any other time in the year. What you need to know…

WHO

The Sephora Spring Bonus event is exclusively open to Beauty Insider members! Aren’t one? No worries! All you have to do is input your email address and a few routine facts about yourself HERE.

Funny story – I signed up in like… 8th grade and my points have racked up since then. It’s the easiest and best thing, y’all!

WHAT

10% off Sephora site-wide

Do you know what that means? This miracle Dyson hair dryer (that I use!), this perfect, mega-popular scent and so many more products that never, ever, ever go on sale are all included!

WHEN

April 20-23

WHERE

Sephora Online

WHY

Like I mentioned above, beauty products typically never go on sale. That’s why I recommend using this to stock up on the products you use every day, and try out higher-ticket items you’ve been wanting to try out!

HOW I DO MY MAKEUP

Now, let’s move on to my makeup routine! I wouldn’t call this routine an ” every day” look, simply because I don’t wear makeup every day. I’m an all-or-nothin’ kinda girl! So heads up – this routine is a bit a more involved than your typical swipe of mascara and dab of blush process. But since I am a far-cry from a beauty expert, it’s all simple and easy to apply!

What I love about it is that it looks lovely, natural and put-together without being “cakey” or excessive. Here’s a little before and after to show you what I mean:

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Intrigued? Then let’s move into a step-by-step walkthrough of how I do my makeup. Below, you’ll find info on the products I use, what they do, how I apply them and why I love them. Let’s get started!

1. Moisturizer

Without fail, the very first step to my makeup routine is a rich moisturizer. I’m currently using the Elemis Pro-Collagen Marine Cream which I adore. I’ve also used and highly recommend the TULA Hydrating Day & Night Cream (less expensive) and the Colleen Rothschild Sheer Renewal Cream (great if you’re looking for a lighter moisturizer.

By starting off with a moisturizer, I make sure I’m giving my dry-prone skin the nutrients it needs to stay looking fresh, dewy and bright all day long.

2. Primer

Like I mentioned above, I am by no means a beauty guru, so it took me a while to jump on the “primer” train. To me, it seemed like an extra product (and waste of money) that I didn’t really need.

OH BOY, y’all. How wrong I was! If you’ve been feeling the same way, let me open your eyes to one of the best beauty tricks out there. A great primer (I recommend the Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer) smoothes your skin texture and preps your skin to hold makeup in place all day long. Ever notice your makeup starting to look smudgy and worn by the end of the day? This primer fixes that!

I used to use this Smashbox primer to combat redness, but didn’t find it incredibly effective. This pore-minimizing formula, on the otherhand, has become my go-to for the past year and gives my face a beautiful, silky smooth texture after application. (You only need a pea-sized amount!)

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3. Foundation

Foundation can be scary, because if you get it wrong the whole world can tell! For the longest time, I stuck with a powder foundation because it seemed less intimidating to me. What I hated, however, was the powdery look it gave me!

So after hearing so much hype about the IT Cosmetics CC cream, I decided to purchase a small travel version (this time last year, actually) to test it out myself. I haven’t looked back since!

A little goes a long way with this little tube of magic. The color may scare you when you first dab it on, but use a beauty blender (I know it’s expensive for a sponge, but worth it) to dab it into your face and you’ll immediately see a huge transformation! It hides imperfections and problem areas and gives off a stunning, non-red, photo-ready finish. I don’t think I’ll ever switch away from it!

Plus, it has SPF 50+… praise! I wear the shade “light.”

4. Concealer

I’ve tried just about every creamer out there and I’m convinced there’s non-better than the NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer.

Why I love it? It conceals without caking and looks dewy instead of cakey. I hate anything that’s too heavy, and found this one to be just right! I use the shade “Vanilla” to swipe underneath my eyes, to dab on the redness around my nose and chin and to cover any problem spots or breakouts.

5. Setting Powder

After applying so many liquid-based products to my face, I like to set things with this Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder. I shake the teeniest bit into the lid of the container, swirl my powder brush (highly recommend the MAC 120 Full Fan Brush) around it a couple times, tap off the excess and casually sweep it all around my face.

It does exactly what the name says it will… “sets” everything and keeps my makeup in place all day! Since I use so little, it doesn’t add any sort of powdery look to my face, and instead keeps things dewy and fresh. I use the natural finish.

6. Bronzer

Let me make a quick confession. This girl doesn’t do conture! It’s too high-level for me, y’all. I just can’t seem to figure it out.

What I do know is that a well-applied dash of bronzer makes all the difference in giving you a sunny, fresh glow! (And guards against that cake-face look we all want to avoid.) I’ve tried just about every bronzer out there, and love the Bobbi Brown Bronzer in “Natural” most of all!

Since it’s so pigmented, I love that you only have to use a little bit of product to get the look you want. I sweep it over my cheekbones, the top of my forehead and down the center of my face for a sun-kissed effect! Heads up – this brush that I use does a great job of applying the product, but isn’t the softest.

7. Blush

During last year’s Nordstrom Anniversary Sale, I picked up this Bobbi Brown Palette. I can honestly say I use it every day! For blush, I use this brush to dab the shade “nectar” onto the apples of my cheeks. I’ve found that deeper blush tones work best with my skin tone, and love that this one looks incredibly natural.

8. Eye Primer

Another primer?! Yes, y’all. They work wonders!

My mother, sister and I all use and swear by this Laura Mercier Eye Basics primer in “linen.” It keeps my eyelids from getting oily at the end of the day (ew!) and keeps my eyeliner and whatever other eyeshadow I apply in place! The color is so pretty that oftentimes I won’t even wear eyeshadow over it. If you don’t have this little magic-worker, I highly recommend!

9. Eye Shadow

Little by little, I’m getting better and better at eyeshadow. I’m a far-cry from Kardashian, but have learned the colors that look lovely and natural and how to apply them!

I’d recommend this Naked Basics Eyeshadow Palette to any eyeshadow novice. It has simple, lovely completely natural shades (nothing crazy, here) that take me from office to date nights to weddings and everything in between. My everyday use involves sweeping the third shade, W.O.S., all over my eyelid and then using this brush (the fluffier of the two) to sweep the fourth shade, Naked 2, into my crease.

For a heavier look, I’ll bring the two far-right shades into my crease and outer corner of my eyes. Again, this palette has everything you need and nothing you don’t!

10. Eye Liner

Maybe it’s the Dallas girl in me, but I love a good, rich line of liquid eyeliner. Since I have narrow eyes, it makes the biggest difference! (Look at the photo on the right to see just how much of a difference I’m talking about.)

I know liquid eyeliner can be scary, but I love the clean, neat look it gives. Practice makes perfect, and I’ve had plenty since I’ve used this exact product since my senior year of high school. I went to get my makeup done for prom, and the artist used the Lancome Artliner in the shade “noir.” I have, too, ever since!

I apply a line across my lid and then sweep it out for a mini cat-eye. That’s it! I don’t apply any on my lower lashes for a bright, open-eyed look.

10. Mascara

Everyone has their favorite mascara, and the Lancome Hypnose Drama is mine! I’ve used it for years now, and love the mega volume it gives without being flakey. I apply quite a few layers, and clean up any that I got on my eyelid with a damp QTip!

10. Brows

I truly believe I have the craziest eyebrows in all of the world. They actually grow up into points on the side, and for the longest time I let them go free. (Mom, why didn’t you step in!!!)

Because of that, I’ve tried brow product after brow product and the only one I’ve really loved is the Anastasia Brow Wiz in “ebony.” (I tried the lighter shades at first, but they all looked too “colored” on my face. This simple, non-fussy dark shade is best, in my opinion.)

Since it’s a pencil, it allows you to be hyper-precise with where you’re filling in and lets you create shape easily. I always end up adding a bit of a faux arch to my right brow. After application, I usually take a bit if toilet paper and sweep it over my brows so they don’t look too heavy.

11. Highlight

Like I said, I don’t do contour, but I’ve found a dash of highlighter is easy and foolproof to apply, and makes such an impact in a dewy, non-cakey look.

My favorite? The MAC Hyper Real Glow Palette. I was sent this by the MAC team, and immediately fell in love because it is so pigminted. All you need is a tiny bit to achieve that pretty glow!

I get one dab of the middle shade and sweep it on the very tops of my cheekbones, along the top of my forehead and down the center of my face. Voila! Dewy perfection in ten seconds. (Look at these next few photos to see the difference it makes!)

12. Lip Care

It’s far too expensive, but I’m helplessly addicted to the FRESH Sugar Lip Treatment. If you’re looking for a little treat yoself moment, indulge in this lip magic! It has the most heavenly smell, taste, and best of all, feel!

My lips get especially dry in the winter months, so I have the FRESH Lip Polish on hand for a quick fix. It gets rid of those gross, dry skin pieces and leaves your lips feeling and looking plump and soft. Game changer, y’all!

13. Lip Color

Friends, let me introduce you to my absolute favorite beauty product… Chanel Rouge Lip Color in “merry rose!” My friend Oliva had this on one night, and once she told me how much she loved it I ran out and bought it the very next. It has since become my go-to present for friends. Everyone loves it! The perfect, natural nude that doesn’t wash you out and lasts all day!

To apply, swipe the color side on both lips and wait for it to get sticky. Once it does, apply the gloss to take away the stickiness and give you the prettiest sheen! The gloss will need to be re-applied throughout the day, but the stain will stay!

There you have it, friends, my go-to makeup routine! These are tried and true products I’ve used for forever… once I find something I love, I stick with it!

Don’t forget that many of these products will be on sale starting tomorrow. Make sure you’re signed up as a Beauty Insider (so quick and easy) to get 10% off Sephora site-wide through the weekend.

Would love to know if you’d like to see more beauty content, and if so, what it is you’re looking for! I hope you enjoyed today’s post, y’all. Besos!

Love from Texas,

Kate

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the cutest pink striped matching set

Pink striped matching set against a pink striped hotel… can you say literal match made in heaven?!

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TOP   pink striped tie top   |   SHORTS   pink striped shorts   |   BAG   straw bag (removed the tassel)   |   EARRINGS   baublebar amariella earrings (available in a second color here)   |   SHOES   strappy espadrille wedges   |   SUNGLASSES   circle lens sunglasses

Pink striped matching set against a pink striped hotel… can you say literal match made in heaven?!

Last weeks location at the Don Cesar hotel couldn’t have been any more perfect for this striped number I picked up at J.Crew! Y’all know how I feel about matching sets… two pieces that give you (at least) three different looks! I can tell you firsthand that this top looks too adorable with a pair of white skinny jeans, and these striped shorts are begging to be worn with your favorite easy white tee!

J.Crew has been running all sorts of amazing promotions lately, and they are currently offering 20% off of two styles and 30% off of three styles! That means you can buy both this top and this pair of shorts and get the whole ensemble for 20% off. (Throw in this pair of chic tortoise shell statement earrings to make it 30% off!)

Before I sign off, I wanted to give you a heads up to be sure to check my Instagram page at noon… I’ve got an amazing giveaway with a long-time favorite brand I can’t wait to fill you in on!

Love from Texas,

Kate

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how i recreated my senior prom look

Of any post I’ve ever written, this has to be one of my very favorites. That’s because today, in honor of prom season, I’m taking a walk down memory lane, and bringing you along with me, as I recreate my senior prom look with the help of Bloomingdale’s!

This post is brought to you by Bloomingdale’s.

Of any post I’ve ever written, this has to be one of my very favorites. That’s because today, in honor of prom season, I’m taking a walk down memory lane, and bringing you along with me, as I recreate my senior prom look with the help of Bloomingdale’s!

More than the night itself, I remember the prep that went into my senior prom oh-so-vividly. Can anyone relate? Oh my word… the spray tans, the makeup appointments, the agonizing hours spent in dressing rooms trying to find the perfect gown…. what a blur!

Online shopping was just starting to gain traction, so I was pretty limited to what I could actually find in-store. Even though Dallas has a fabulous shopping scene, I still remember having so much trouble finding a dress I absolutely loved.

At long last, I settled on a white halter-neck gown with a lovely wrapped waist and finished the look off with a turquoise necklace and a black Tory Burch crossbody that I wore as a clutch.

I’ll be the first to admit that I have so many (too many) “fashion” moments in high school that I’d love to forget, but I truly love what I wore for my senior prom. While the stress of finding the dress and putting the whole look together probably gave me a few grey hairs, I remember feeling so confident once it was all said and done, and having the time of my life that evening!

One resource I wish I’d taken advantage of all those years ago? The gorgeous dress election at Bloomingdale’s. The evening and formal gown department boasts hundreds of beautifully curated dresses perfect for prom, black tie weddings, and any other Cinderella-worthy occasion you have on your calendar. They had everything I needed in creating this modern take on my senior prom look!

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DRESS   cutout lace gown (wearing size 2, altered)   |   EARRINGS   turquoise earrings   |   SHOES   gold glitter heels   |   CLUTCH   tory burch crossbody

In recreating my senior prom ensemble, I took inspiration from my all-white gown and chose this dress, a beautiful Aidan Mattox design with a gorgeous, intricate lace overlay and subtle, flattering cutouts. The lace gives a fresh twist from my all-white senior prom look while the chic silhouette keeps things elegant and simple.

I loved how the turquoise necklace looked against my senior prom dress and decided to bring that same feel to my recreation of the look with these fun turquoise earrings! They bring that same pop of color to the look and, since they draw the eyes upward, actually elongate my silhouette.

When it comes to prom and special event dresses, I especially love the Aidan Mattox line that’s available 100% exclusively at Bloomingdale’s. It’s full of gorgeous dresses in every hue, almost all with price points under the $200 and $300 mark.

If you love color, check out this stunning pink beauty. Prefer a bit of sparkle? This embellished gown is a show-stopper! There’s truly a style there for everyone, and think you’ll have fun perusing the entire collection here.

Next up? Freshening things up from my battered, black Tory Burch clutch with this lovely white crossbody. (Can you tell old habits die hard? I used the same trick for this purse, tucking the chain in to transform it into a clutch!)

Finally, I settled on the perfect Cinderella-worthy shoe. Friends, meet your new best friend… these Sam Edelman heels! I have owned these in nude for over a year now, and they’ve become my go-to because of their style, price point and comfort level. I can dance all night in these! When I found them in a gorgeous gold shimmer, I knew I’d found my new obsession. If you’re looking for a great formal shoe that you can actually walk (and dance!) in, I can’t recommend these enough!

I had so much fun taking y’all back in time with me today, and now I want to hear from you! If prom is in your past, what did you wear? If prom on your horizon, I’d love to know what look are you going for!

Love from Texas,

Kate

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latest & greatest vol. 56

Hip, hip, hooray! Today is my (wait for it…) 25th BIRTHDAY! I’m home from my trip to Florida, and so excited to spend the weekend celebrating with family and friends. And by friends, I mean YOU! We’re starting with a roundup of the cutest new arrivals to hit the web. They have me in such a happy spring mood!

Hip, hip, hooray! Today is my (wait for it…) 25th BIRTHDAY!

I’m home from my trip to Florida, and so excited to spend the weekend celebrating with family and friends. And by friends, I mean YOU! We’re starting with a roundup of the cutest new arrivals to hit the web. They have me in such a happy spring mood!

This swimsuit and this bag are currently part of the Shopbop sale, which (don’t forget) ends Saturday night! If this is your first time here this week, don’t miss these beachy sale looks… here, here and here!

Today, I’ll be heading to my favorite SoulCycle class (and bringing Andrew for the first time – haha!), grabbing my favorite acai bowl for lunch, and celebrating with my fam with a crawfish boil tonight! Tomorrow night? A fun fiesta with my friends that I can’t wait to share more about.

Wishing you all a wonderful weekend! Thank you for making year 25 such a fun one for me!

Love from Texas,

Kate

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