the happy list // no. 10

I learned something insane today… do you want to know what? Christmas is just 21 days away! I know this may sound weird, but I’ve really enjoyed this Christmas season thus far. Don’t get me wrong… I miss the crowds, the hustle and bustle, and so many traditions from life…

I learned something insane today… do you want to know what? Christmas is just 21 days away!

I know this may sound weird, but I’ve really enjoyed this Christmas season thus far. Don’t get me wrong… I miss the crowds, the hustle and bustle, and so many traditions from life pre-pandemic, but there’s something about the slowness of this past year that’s allowed me to really soak in Christmas instead of hurrying straight through it. So, bring on the next 21 days!

SWEATER cable knit sweater (c/o, get 15% off your first Pearl by Lela Rose purchase with this link) | PANTS leather pants (c/o, get 15% off your first Pearl by Lela Rose purchase with this link)) | SHOES black heeled embellished mules | HEADBAND black velvet headband

Today, I’m excited to share my tenth happy list with you all! What started as an attempt to lift my spirits at the start of COVID has turned into one of my favorite blog series. So I hope you enjoy this little list of all things happy, and add your own in the comments below!

 

the happy list

 

  • Want to watch Hallmark Christmas Movies, but don’t have cable? I just signed up for “Hallmark Movies Now,” which gives you access for about $5 a month! (Much to Andrew’s dismay. :)
  • If you’re looking for a way to spend $7,000, might I suggest this dress? And then might I borrow it?
  • Christmas gift alert! One of my favorite organizations, Starfish Project, has released a beautiful necklace with a special purpose. With each purchase of the Give Hope Mother of Pearl-Necklace, a necklace just like it will be given to a woman currently experiencing exploitation in a brothel in Asia. (To read more about the mission of Starfish Project, click here!)
  • Fancy a cozy Christmas cocktail? Try this simple recipe my friend used a few weeks ago. I haven’t stopped thinking about it since!

1 jug of Trader Joes Honeycrisp Apple Cider

1/2 cups of Fireball (eyeball it!)

Heat the two on the stove until piping hot and serve!

  • This Amazon find that I wore in my Instagram Stories last night got all the love in my DMs. It’s so cozy!
  • This fabulous home tour is going to put you in the Christmas spirit STAT!
  • Our Christmas cards are in! I ordered this style and they turned out so cute. Will share them next week!
  • Cold weather got ya down? A few favorite brands released their resort collections this week! Take a virtual vacation with Tuckernuck and Alexandre Birman!
  • As I’m finishing up this post, Andrew just walked up to the front door bearing Chick Fil A, and a peppermint milkshake! A surprise early day… time to get the weekend started!

Love from the Lonestar State,

Kate

three gift guides // under $100, under $50, under $25

I’m thrilled to be partnering with Nordstrom today to share some gift guide inspiration for you across all price points! Whether you’re looking for budget-friendly stocking stuffers for your best friend, or something perfect for the guy in your life, you can find it all at Nordstrom.

December first has arrived, y’all! I don’t know about you, but it officially feels like the Christmas season now. I even woke up to 40° weather here in Florida! Before you know it, the big day will be upon us.

If there’s one thing I’ve learned over the years, it’s that I enjoy the Christmas season so much more when I get all of my gifts taken care of and ordered straight away. There’s nothing more stressful than the last-minute gift hunt, is there?

JACKET faux fur jacket (wearing xs) | DRESS cream sweater dress (wearing xs) | SHOES kate spade houndstooth shoes | HEADBAND black velvet headband (sold out, similar linked) | BAG black chanel crossbody (similar here)

Nordstrom is one of my favorite retailers for just about every scenario, but especially when it comes to gift-giving. Their free shipping, free returns, expansive selection, and amazing customer service make them the obvious, hassle-free choice for the season.

I’m thrilled to be partnering with them today to share some gift guide inspiration for you across all price points! Whether you’re looking for budget-friendly stocking stuffers for your best friend, or something perfect for the guy in your life, you can find it all at Nordstrom.

I spent a lot of time putting these gift guides together, and I hope you enjoy! You’ll find gift guides for $100 and under, $50 and under, and $25 and under below. Happy shopping!

Please note, at the time of creation, certain items were on sale. If shopping this post after December 1, some items may have gone back to full price.

As always, click directly on an image to shop.

 

three gift guides

 

$100 and under

 

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$50 and under

 

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$25 and under

 

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So many fabulous ideas, right?! I don’t know about you, but I’m not dying for the make-your-own microwave popcorn bowl! How cool that you don’t even need any oil… and it’s just $20!

I also have to point out my number one recommended gift, this Chanel lip gloss in the shade “Merry Rose.” It’s been my favorite for years now because of it’s perfect, neutral color (looks amazing on everyone) and non-sticky, luscious gloss. It’s under $50, but packs a huge punch because who doesn’t love receiving Chanel?!

Let me know if anything else caught your eye!

Love from the Sunshine State,

Kate

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cyber monday sales worth shopping // my favorites

Today’s the day! My favorite shopping day of the year is here. I actually unplugged on Black Friday, and can I be honest? It was the best! I loved being able to unwind and relax all weekend… and now I’m so excited for all of the Cyber Monday madness!

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Today’s the day! My favorite shopping day of the year is here. I actually unplugged on Black Friday, and can I be honest? It was the best! I loved being able to unwind and relax all weekend… and now I’m so excited for all of the Cyber Monday madness!

I’ve spent a long time pulling together my absolute favorite sales for you to browse, and I hope you enjoy!

 


 

J.Crew

 

50% off + extra 10% off your purchase

 

CODE: CYBER

$365 $164.25

$34.50 $4.95

$198.00 $89.10

It’s no secret that J.Crew sales are pretty common these days, but this one is the best I’ve seen all year. Would be a great time to get matching Christmas pajamas, or a nice coat you’ll own for years!


 

Mi Golondrina

 

up to 50% off select pieces

 

CODE: no code needed

$195 $136.50

$295 $177

$245 $159.25

If you’ve been following me for any number of years, you’re most likely familiar with my Mi Golondrina obsession! Each piece is hand embroidered by artisans in Mexico, and is a true work of art. Sales never happen, so definitely take advantage!


 

Anthropologie

 

30% off everything

 

CODE: no code needed

$128 $89.60

$138 $96.60

$148 $103.60

Candles, sweaters, all things cozy and cute! Anthropologie is 30% off site-wide today.


 

Tuckernuck

 

20% off sitewide // 25% off orders over $500 // 30% off orders over $1000

 

CODE: BIGSALE

$238 $190.40

$208 $166.40

$395 $316

Oh, Tuckernuck. You never cease to make me smile! This retailer is one of my absolute favorites, filled with the perfect mix of all things colorful, classic, preppy and fun. Sales are rare, so this one has me excited!


 

Loft

 

50% off your purchase

 

CODE: CYBER

$69.50 $27.80

$79.50 $39.75

$89.50 $35.80

Loft is one of my favorite destinations for petite-friendly clothes. The dark green sweater on the left is one both my mother and I own and love. So much, in fact, that I ordered two!


 

Shopbop

 

20% off your purchase of $200+

 

CODE: CYBER20

$395 $316

$310 $248

$208 $166.40

If you’re looking for a beautiful pair of designer shoes you’ll wear for years, or a stunning dress for a special occasion, look no further than Shopbop. This 20% off sale makes that splurge-worthy item you’ve been eyeing worth it!


 

Caitlin Wilson

 

20% off your purchase

 

CODE: THANKFUL

$508 $406.4

$400 $320

$1,898 $1518.40

This year, I’ve started to realize the importance of saving up for beautiful, well-made home decor pieces as opposed to only buying the cheapest option available. (I still love my HomeGoods, though!) Caitlin Wilson has quickly become my favorite furnishing destination. She creates truly gorgeous pieces, and her Dallas showroom is a dream!


 

Lilly Pulitzer

 

20% off your purchase

 

CODE: THANKFUL

Add a little sunshine to your winter with a bit of Lilly Pulitzer! These pieces make such great gifts, and I know I’m adding that cute pink sweater to my list STAT.


 

cyber monday sales

 

Here is a list of other Cyber Monday sales worth shopping!

ALEXIA MARIA // 20% off site-wide, discount applied in cart

BARRINGTON // 15% off site-wide, 20% off orders over $250, 25% off orders over $500

BANANA REPUBLIC // up to 75% off everything, no code needed

DRAPER JAMES // 30% off site-wide, no code needed

EVERLANE // select styles on sale, no code needed

H&M // 20% off site-wide, no code needed

HONEY & HANK // 20% off site-wide with code: THX20, 25% off orders over $250 with code: THX25

THE IMPECCABLE PIG // 40$ off site-wide, CODE: CYBER

KATE SPADE // 50% off your order, CODE: DEALSDOTCOM

LISI LERCH // up to 60% off and free shipping, no code needed

NORDSTROM // up to 50% off site-wide, no code needed

ONE KINGS LANE // 25% off site-wide, CODE: OKLCYBER10

POTTERY BARN // 20% off your order, CODE: CYBER

SERENA & LILY // 20% off site-wide and free shipping, CODE: TOGETHER

TORY BURCH // 30% off site-wide, CODE: THANKS

Love from the Sunshine State,

Kate

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deals for days event

As I mentioned on my Instagram Stories, I typically never post on Thanksgiving, but a few technical difficulties prevented this post from going live last night! So I hope you don’t mind this fun roundup of favorite finds from the Deals for Days event!

Happy Thanksgiving, friends! I hopped on my Instagram Stories this morning to say hello and wish you a happy day, especially if your Thanksgiving looks a bit different this year. It certainly does for Andrew and I! Even so, I’m determined to fill it with fun moments and special memories while we’re away from the friends and family we usually celebrate with.

I plan on cooking all day, perhaps indulging in a mimosa or two, then cleaning up and throwing on a fun outfit to make the day feel festive. And goodness knows I’m already looking forward to feasting tonight! :)

As I mentioned on my Instagram Stories, I typically never post on Thanksgiving. I love to spend it fully present with my family, and I know so many of you prefer to do the same! Today is a little different, however, as some technical difficulties kept me from posting a collaboration meant for last night.

So I hope you don’t mind this post! Walmart has been a wonderful partner over this past year, and they’ve asked me to share about their Deals for Days event… where you’ll find tons of markdowns perfect for the holidays! The event started last night and will continue through Friday.

Here are a few of my favorite finds included in the sale! As always, click directly on an image to shop:

 

deals for days

my favorite finds

 

 

cozy sweaters // classic navy dress // plaid wrap // ray bans // hunter boots // small crossbody bag // tennis bracelet // beanie and scarf set // heeled booties // tan bag // cozy furry booties // levis denim jacket // levis jeans // gucci bag // prada sunglasses // cozy parka

plaid wrap

I was so impressed with this little wrap when it arrived! It’s soft, cozy and completely classic. Neutral enough to work with any outfit, yet festive with that little pop of red. Looks quite elegant on, and it’s just $18! I’ll be sharing a peek at it on my Instagram Stories later today.

faux fur parka

Goodness knows I don’t need a big coat here in Florida, but if you do, this parka is amazing! Fabulous quality and a great fit… all for under $30.

cozy booties

Let’s just say these cozy booties look just like a far more expensive pair I own, but at a fraction of the price. I wear them non-stop, so at under $30 I’m thinking I need a pair of these in every color!

Like I mentioned above, I’ll be sharing a peek at some of these pieces, along with other fun finds, on my Instagram Stories later today. I hope you enjoy!

Now, back to cooking! :)

Love from the Sunshine State,

Kate

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recipe // my mimi’s penguin rolls

Traditionally, my mother is the one to create our family’s Thanksgiving feast… but the one job my sister and I always fight for? Making the penguin rolls! Penguin rolls, more commonly referred to as my Mimi’s Herb Crescents, have been my favorite part of holiday meals ever since I was…

Traditionally, my mother is the one to create our family’s Thanksgiving feast… but the one job my sister and I always fight for? Making the penguin rolls!

Penguin rolls, more commonly referred to as my Mimi’s Herb Crescents, have been my favorite part of holiday meals ever since I was a little girl. These delicious little bites of warm, buttery goodness got their name from the vintage penguin bread warmer my grandmother used to keep them hot and at-the-ready on the dining room table. I still remember all of us cousins crowded around the kid table fighting over them!

They are simple, absolutely delicious, and the ultimate crowd pleaser. Plus, like my mother learned, they’re the perfect task to give kids who want to “help cook,” as they really are fool proof!

Having lost my sweet grandmother this fall, I am looking forward to making these, just as she did, every Thanksgiving for years to come. In a way, I know it will feel like she’s right at the table, reaching for her Penguin Rolls, with us. She was a marvelous cook, a loving mother and grandmother, and I am so thankful for every wonderful memory made around her delicious meals!

 

mimi’s penguin rolls

 

INGREDIENTS

 

  • 1 stick salted butter, melted
  • 1 tablespoon dehydrated minced onion (in spice aisle)
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried dill weed
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried parsley flakes
  • 2 tablespoons grated parmesan cheese (from bottle on shelf)
  • 1 can refrigerated crescent rolls

 

INSTRUCTIONS

 

In a flat bowl, combine butter,r minced onion, dill weed, parsley flakes and Parmesan.

Cut screscent roll dough pieces in half lengthwise and dip in butter and herb mixture.

Roll into crescent shapes and bake 12 to 15 minutes at 400 degrees.

Enjoy!


This Thanksgiving, Andrew and I will be here in Florida as opposed to with our families in Dallas for the very first time. As I’ve come to learn throughout the residency process, being on “call” isn’t the most desirable way to spend a holiday, but even so, I’ve already seen little blessings the Lord has given us in this change.

Two sweet friends here in Gainesville have invited us into their small Thanksgiving celebration, and having never been in a situation without Thanksgiving plans before, the invitation truly brought tears to my eyes. Mental note: extend the same hospitality in the future!

Even though this year will look different, as I know it will for many of us, I am so thankful for the blessing of friendships in new places, and perhaps even starting new traditions in this season of change. Oh, and penguin rolls of course! Wishing all of you a very, very happy Thanksgiving!

Love from the Sunshine State,

Kate

how to create a blue & white plate wall

Today, I am so excited to finally share my blue and white plate wall with you! I’m also sharing how I put mine together, and a few tips and tricks for creating your own beautiful arrangement. Enjoy!

Welcome to one of my favorite corners of my house! My blue and white plate wall.

When Andrew and I moved into our home in Florida about a year and a half ago, I was so intimidated by the idea of decorating a formal dining room. After living in apartments with hardly room for a breakfast table in Dallas, I didn’t know where to begin!

For a long while, this room in our house sat untouched… complete with brown wallpaper and the chairs and table I grew up with as a girl. Little by little, though, with a fresh coat of paint and a few new additions, I’ve had the most fun sprucing it up.

I first shared a sneak peek at this blue and white plate wall over the summer after hitting the jackpot at a local antique shop with my mother. The one thing I was waiting on to complete the space? This gorgeous rattan cabinet from Caitlin Wilson Design! It was just the finishing touch this room so desperately needed… and on top of looking absolutely lovely, it’s wonderful to have a functional, designated space to store our wedding china!

I’ve been promising to share details, and now that this special little space is complete, I’m so excited to finally do so today!

 

my blue and white plate wall

 

blue and white plate wall, rattan buffet sideboard cabinet
blue and white plate wall, rattan buffet sideboard cabinet
blue and white plate wall, rattan buffet sideboard cabinet
blue and white plate wall, rattan buffet sideboard cabinet
blue and white plate wall, rattan buffet sideboard cabinet

LAMPS white table https://rstyle.me/+t9z12OnsZHQKW6i-AlEUWQlamps | CHAMPAGNE BUCKET sasha nicholas champagne bucket | SIDE BOARD caitlin wilson designs bianca double cabinet c/o | PLATES blue and white plates (sourced from local antique shops, large selection linked)

 

How To Create A Blue and White Plate Wall

 

I’ve received plenty of questions about how to create/hang a plate wall, and I’m happy to walk you through the steps I took below! I’ll also be posting a video to my Instagram Stories if you’d like to see more of a step-by-step.

 

Collect the Plates

 

First things first… collecting the plates! This is something that can take a bit of time, especially since these plates can get expensive. My recommendation? Start asking for these pieces for birthdays or Christmas gifts. That way, you won’t have to spend a ton all at once, and on top of that, each plate will have a special memory attached to it!

To start off with, you certainly do not need this many plates to create a gorgeous statement wall. My sister and her roommate, who actually inspired this wall, have created a gorgeous one with about eight to ten plates. It’s all about playing around with shapes and sizes to create a look you love. There’s really no wrong way to do it, and that’s the fun of it!

When searching for plates, keep in mind that incorporating different patterns, shades of blue and sizes creates a beautiful and visually interesting look. I purposefully mixed dark navy blues with pale blues, and super saturated pieces with older, faded ones.

If you like the symmetrical look of my arrangement, try finding similarly-shaped plates in sets of two! A few larger statement platters/plates in combination with sets of smaller ones creates a really nice, organized look.

In terms of sourcing these plates, a local antique store is always a great place to start. Depending on where you live, however, just know they can get pricey! (In Dallas, for example, I’ve found they’re much more expensive than other places.) You can also check out Etsy and Ebay for pieces… just know that it makes all the difference to be able to see the pieces in person.

 

Arrange them on the Floor

 

Once I had collected the assortment of blue and white plates I wanted to use for my wall, I cleared the floor of my husband’s study and laid them all out. Then, I spent hours playing around with different combinations. (Hours sounds dramatic, but it was so fun I couldn’t help myself!)

Tip: Before you begin arranging, make sure to measure out the dimensions you want the plates on your wall to cover. I knew, for example, that I didn’t want the plates to go wider than our sideboard. I also measured from the top of our sideboard to the ceiling to make sure I spaced the plates evenly top to bottom!

As I keep mentioning, there really is no wrong way to arrange your plates. I personally found that I like the look of the heavier and larger plates at the bottom of the arrangement. Then, I gradually worked my way to using smaller and lighter pieces towards the top!

 

Hanging Your Plates

 

Once you’ve arranged your plates, it’s time for the fun (and scary) part… getting them hung on the wall!

You’re going to need plate hangers. Any of these work great for small plates, but I had trouble finding a secure way to hang the large, heavy platters until I came across these! Highly recommend for your heavier pieces. (I filmed how to hang them, and will add those to the “Plate Wall” highlight on my Instagram page for you to reference.)

Next, I used newspaper to cut out rough shapes of each plate, and tape them to the wall to ensure I had them placed correctly. After fitting each plate with a plate hanger, it was time to hang!

 

How To:

 

1. I recommend hanging your bottom, base piece first. Then, build your way up to the top of your arrangement… measuring to make sure your pieces are spaced out perfectly.

2. Next, hang your two widest plates to create an outer boundary for your arrangement.

3. Finally, fill in with the smaller plates from bottom to top. It’s easiest to have your large plates already hung so you can eye-ball where to hang the smaller pieces in the tricky-to-measure areas.

You can get as technical and careful about hanging as you like, but I found that you’ll probably end up having to make a few adjustments due to the handmade nature of the plates. So don’t sweat it if you end up having to re-do a couple of holes! I definitely did. :)


I am absolutely thrilled with how my blue and white plate wall has turned out, and have a feeling it will find it’s way into all the homes to come as we continue Andrew’s training. Whenever I see it, I know I’ll think of our special time here in Florida! In the meantime, it’s putting a smile on my face each and every time I walk past it.

Love from the Sunshine State,

Kate

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