this season’s best turtleneck

This year, J.Crew has gifted us with the best turtleneck ever… and lucky for me, one of the many colors it comes in is pink!

SWEATER   pink turtleneck sweater (order one size up from normal shirt size)   |   BEANIE   white pom pom beanie (last year, similar linked)   |   BOOTS   white sorel snow boots   |   JEANS   j.crew jeans   |   SCARF   pink cashmere scarf (pink sold out, other colors still available)

It’s no secret that there’s a special place in my heart for the color pink. Just look at the design of this site! :) And when it comes to bringing color and life into an otherwise dreary winter wardrobe, it’s always my shade of choice!

This year, J.Crew has gifted us with the best turtleneck ever… and lucky for me, one of the many colors it comes in is pink!

Why do I love it? Most importantly, the fit! I ordered one size up from my usual top size (for example, I’m usually an XS in tops, so I ordered a small) for a perfectly oversized look. I love that it covers my behind, so it’s perfect for wearing with leggings!

Secondly, the fabric! It’s made of such a soft, warm material that still looks sleek and not too bulky! Since I’m so short, super fluffy sweaters completely overwhelm me. This one is just right.

Finally, the colors! It comes in nine beautiful shades, y’all. I loved it so much that I ordered it in 4! Grey, camel, red and pink. If your favorite color is sold out, keep re-checking the site. I’ve found restocks happen pretty frequently! Here I am wearing it in the camel color:

If you’re loving this sweater as much as I am, don’t delay and order it TODAY. Why? It’s currently 50% off with the code FRIDAY, making it under $50! (In fact, the entire site is 50% off… so stock up while you’re at it!) Don’t forget, just order one size up for a roomy, chic fit you’ll wear all winter long.

P.S. A friendly reminder that there are a ton of great sales going on right now if you’re still looking to check off your Christmas list! Here are a few I’m taking advantage of.

BARRINGTON // 10-20% off, depending on how much you spend, with the code HOLIDAY

J.CREW // 50% off site-wide with the code FRIDAY

J.CREW FACTORY/ // 60% off site-wide, no code needed

LISI LERCH // free shipping today

MARK & GRAHAM // free shipping with the code GIFTNOW

Love from Texas,

Kate

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a classic bow christmas coat // 60% off

Both of these pieces are timeless classics, and would make a beautiful outfit for Christmas! Y’all… be sure to take advantage of the huge sale they’re a part of over at J.Crew Factory… the entire site is 60% off! I’ve been loving their pieces this season! So cute, and such a great price point!

DRESS   grey sweater bow dress (50% off, wearing size XS)   |   COAT   black bow coat   |   EAR MUFFS   black faux fur ear muffs   |   BOOTS   black faux suede boots

I’ve always been a sucker for a well-placed bow, especially during the winter months! There’s something so feminine, soft and classic about the accent, and I find myself gravitating towards it whenever it makes an appearance.

So when I saw the sweet bow detailing on this classic sweater dress, and then on this timeless black coat (currently over 50% off!), I knew it was meant to be!

I had planned this ensemble for our first night in Vail, but even with the help of these luxurious ear muffs (which are currently on sale for $11.50 and look so expensive in person), I wasn’t quite warm enough. Luckily, we managed to snap a few pics out in the snow before rushing back inside to warm up.

Both of these pieces are timeless classics, and would make a beautiful outfit for Christmas! Y’all… be sure to take advantage of the huge sale they’re a part of over at J.Crew Factory… the entire site is 60% off! I’ve been loving their pieces this season! So cute, and such a great price point!

Love from Texas,

Kate

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our engagement photo reveal // pt. 1

I am so thrilled to reveal the first set of our engagement portraits that we shot with John Cain! Click through for all the fun.

Friends! They’re here!!!

I have been excited about this post ever since Andrew and I met up with our wonderful photographer, John Cain, to take our engagement portraits a few weeks ago! It was an unbelievably gorgeous, golden, balmy afternoon in downtown Dallas, and in all seriousness, we had the. best. time. Which I think you’ll be able to tell from the photos!

We shot two looks, and I thought I’d start out by sharing the first, more casual look today! Check back next week for the second, more dressy look.

Ok… I’ll stop typing so you can get to scrolling, and will meet you at the bottom of this post for a few words on the whole experience. Enjoy!

Photography by John Cain

DRESS   gal meets glam celeste dress (more sizes here)   |   BELT   white bow belt   |   SHOES   suede pointy toe pumps   |   BUTTON DOWN   vineyard vines check button down

I swear I smile every time I look through these! And… may or may not have cried when I first got to look through the entire gallery. Oops!

Want to know something funny? As much as I’m in front of the camera, I was a bit nervous going into these. Why? I had heard horror stories from friends about how awkward taking engagement photos can be, and I really didn’t want Andrew to hate the experience. But y’all, it turned into one of our very favorite memories to date!

Like I said above, the weather was perfect, John made us feel so comfortable (which I think is key), and Andrew was so incredibly FUN! As much as he claims to hate being in front of the camera, the boy can turn on the charm, that’s for sure. :)

What I love most about these photos, and there’s a lot that I love, is just how true to Andrew and I they feel. I attribute that 100% to our photographer John. He did such an incredible job of capturing the personality of us as a couple. That was my biggest hope for these photos, and what I’m most thankful for in how they turned out!

The two of us aren’t really the intense, serious, gaze-into-each-others-eyes kinda couple. Those are beautiful, yes, but just.. not us. And since I take so many photos for this blog, I wanted something that felt real, authentic and really captured Andrew and I’s lighthearted dynamic.

And man, did John deliver. His style is so natural and in-the-moment instead of “Andrew, gaze at Kate’s temple and Kate, don’t smile,” and his shots captured real moments that I’ll cherish for forever. (All of those dips, kisses on the cheek, etc? Totally Andrew being candid and spontaneous! Does he deserve a gold medal or what?!)

The entire afternoon feel like a date for Andrew and I… laughing, goofing off and having fun! I wish we could go back and do it all over again!

As for the outfits, I was inspired by the neutral color palette of William and Kate’s engagement portrait. (What better inspiration, no? :) I really wanted looks that would translate into neutral and beautiful photographs and look lovely and timeless in any setting. Andrew looked so handsome in this beige Vineyard Vines button down, and I wore a simple white dress (more sizes available here) with this delicate bow belt. I loved how it all turned out!

So, friends, I hope you enjoy looking through these photos as much as Andrew and I have! It is so fun to be able to share these with you. I’m so excited to reveal our second look with y’all next week. In the meantime, if you have any questions about engagement portraits, either for myself or our photographer John, let me know in the comments below!

And to our photographer John… thank you so much for an experience Andrew and I will look back on for years and years. I am so endlessly thankful for these memories!

Love from Texas,

Kate

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good morning from vail

Good morning from Vail, CO! My mama and I are cozied up in our beautiful room at the Four Seasons with a roaring fire and a hot pot of coffee. It honestly feels like a dream!

COAT   faux fur hooded parka   |   BOOTS   furry boots   |   BAG   monogrammed barrington tote   |   HAT   pom pom hat   |   SCARF   neutral scarf   |   SWEATER   white crewneck sweater

Good morning from Vail, CO! My mama and I are cozied up in our beautiful room at the Four Seasons with a roaring fire and a hot pot of coffee. It honestly feels like a dream!

After flying into Denver and taking a shuttle to Vail (we used Peak 1 Express for those asking, our driver Tony was the best!) we arrived at the winter wonderland that is this town just about an hour before sunset. We quickly unpacked (see more of our room on IG stories) and headed outside to catch the last bit of daylight!

I’m so glad I packed up lots of sweaters and coats, because this cold is unlike anything I’ve ever experienced. Oddly enough, the snow and scenery make it enjoyable, thought! And that’s saying alot coming from this Texas girl.

This faux fur hooded parka is one that I’m especially excited about. It looks just like the J.Crew style, but so much cheaper. In fact, it’s on sale for 50% off today! For size reference, I’d recommend ordering one up from your usual dress size. Also… it’s actually named the “Vail Parka.” How perfect! :)

What I’m really excited about, though, are these adorable boots! Y’all… they are the most comfortable things ever. Even softer and fluffier than uggs! I’ve had so much fun wearing them in actual snow already, and can’t wait to sport them all week! P.S. I snagged this pink color during a restock last week… keep your eyes peeled for another if you’d like this color!

My mom and I are about to dive into a pancake breakfast and take a few altitude adjustment tablets before heading out to explore the town this morning! Sending you lots of snowy love!

Love from Texas,

Kate

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decorating my apartment for christmas

While my apartment is a far cry from “winter wonderland,” I thought it would be fun to show you how I’ve decorated it this year. All of the decorations have been inexpensive items I’ve happened upon here and there, but I love the festive element they add to this space!

my apartment

gold mirror   //   white couch   //   white chair   //   gold gallery wall   //   pink rug   //   ginger jar art prints   //   acrylic dining room table   //   gold book shelf  (I spray painted it gold)  //   ginger jars   //   blue pillows (made by my mother)

my christmas decor

white reindeer   (michaels)   //   pine cone limbs   (target)   //   garland around bookcase   (target)   //   white village houses   (target)   //   gold tinsel   (target last year, similar linked)   //   white stockings   (target last year)   //   gold christmas tree figurine   (michaels)   //   red santa   (can’t remember)   //   gold lights around mirror   (target)   //   white pre-lit christmas tree   (last year, can’t remember)

I have to confess… one of my very favorite things about this whole “adulting” process has been getting to decorate my very own place for Christmas! I started out my senior year of college with a single garland, and now, year after year, I add a few more festive touches.

Last year was my first year to have a tree… and man does it change everything! And now that my apartment has a fireplace, things feel extra cozy. Let’s just say, Christmas decorations make everything so much better, and when it comes to living alone, I think they’re one of the better ways to keep from feeling lonely!

While my apartment is a far cry from “winter wonderland,” I thought it would be fun to show you how I’ve decorated it this year. All of the decorations have been inexpensive items I’ve happened upon here and there, but I love the festive element they add to this space!

My dream is to one day have a big, real tree and a huge light display on my house (a girl can dream, right?) but until then, this cozy little Christmas apartment will do just fine. :) I hope you enjoy!

Love from Texas,

Kate

P.S. My mother and I are off to Vail, Colorado today! And I am giddy. We’ve never been before, so if you have any recommendations for food, activities, or beautiful spots we need to see, please let me know!

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’tis the season // gift ideas for your guy

I’ve spent the past few weeks quizzing Andrew, my father, and doing some shopping of my own to come up with this year’s “Gift Ideas For Your Guy” guide, and I hope it helps with your guy list… whether it’s for a brother, boyfriend, dad, friend, etc!

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Year after year, one of the most common requests I get around the holidays is for a guy’s gift guide! Isn’t it funny how us girls can become such pro’s at shopping, only to totally draw a blank when it comes to getting something for a guy in your life?

I’ve spent the past few weeks quizzing Andrew, my father, and doing some shopping of my own to come up with this year’s “Gift Ideas For Your Guy” guide, and I hope it helps with your guy list… whether it’s for a brother, boyfriend, dad, friend, etc!

The products you’ll find above are either ones that guys in my life own and love (like this dapper quilted vest, a favorite of my dad’s, and Andrew’s favorite t-shirt style), gifts I’ve given to guys in my life (like this spherical ice mold), gifts I’ve been given and love (like my can’t-live-without Tile tracker) or ideas I’ve looked into and genuinely think any guy would love (like this amazing waterproof, floatable, nearly indestructable speaker.)

Also, let me just throw this out there… if you’d also like a gift you will love, get him this fragrance. I’m obsessed with it!

And if you’re still looking for more ideas, check out these other guides I’ve put together in the past:

Guys Gift Guide 2017

Guys Gift Guide 2016

Guys Gift Guide 2015

I also thought I’d bring y’all 5 helpful tips for “How To Give The Perfect Guy Gift” that I shared a couple of years ago. If you’re stumped, check these out!

5 tips for giving the perfect guy gift

1. Keep a List

While this requires a little pre-planning, I’ve found that gifting a guy comes much easier when you already have a list of ideas personalized to him. No duh, Kate, but how to get this list? Always be on the lookout of ideas! If I hear my dad or boyfriend, for example, mention something they like, think is cool or want throughout the year (not just at Christmastime!) I discreetly make a note on my phone with as many details as I can gather. That way, when birthdays or holidays roll around, I can scroll through for inspiration! So much better than the “What do you want for Christmas?” answered by the common “Ummm…”

2. Give an Experience

Over time, I’ve found it’s often so much fun, and so much easier, to give an experience over than an item. (Because really, how many new sweaters does a guy really want?) Use this opportunity to get him tickets to something he loves like a sporting event or concert. Either gift him tickets for himself and a friend, or, if it’s for a boyfriend/husband, for the two of you! If you have couple friends you both love, coordinate with the other gal to plan a really fun double-date – girl’s treat!

3. Buy the Brand

If you’re low on time or are gifting a guy you don’t spend a ton of time with, choose a gift from brands he currently owns and uses. (If you don’t know, ask his mom or someone he’s close to!) I know that for most of the guys in my life, anything from Patagonia, Nike and Yeti is always a safe bet. The great thing about this option is you can tailor to your budget… a ball cap could be just as well-received as a higher-end item if it’s from a brand he loves!

4. Food

I usually steer way clear of gift-card giving, as it can sometimes comes across as impersonal, but it’s true what they say… the way to a guy’s heart, or good graces, is through his stomach! Get him a few gift cards to his favorite, most-frequented places (arrange them in a little basket) or, if he’s a foodie, to one really nice establishment he wouldn’t normally treat himself to. You can never go wrong with a steakhouse!

5. Include the Gift Receipt

If all else fails, include the gift receipt in your present! This gives him the option of choosing something he really wants if he’s an egg that’s particularly hard to crack. It takes the pressure off of you, and gets him closer to exactly what he wants!

This year, Andrew has asked for the Fitbit Charge 3… which made this process entirely too easy on me! So I got him a couple other fun items he’s not expecting as well. Let me know if you have any great guy gift ideas!

Love from Texas,

Kate

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