latest & greatest vol. 5

It’s Friday, friends! And you know what that means… a new “Latest & Greatest!” If you’re new around here, this is a weekly series in which I pull together the cutest new arrivals from the week. This week took on some major beach vibes… from flamingo swim trunks (they also come in bananas, y’all) to patterned paddle ball sets! Take a look below to see all the fun…

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I also wanted to let y’all know of a couple exciting restocks… my bell sleeve top (worn here) and pineapple water bottle!

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I don’t know about y’all, but this felt like such a long week. Late nights and early mornings of #werkwerkwerk have left this girl exhausted.

One song that continues to keep my chin up? “Only Hope I’ve Got” by Ellie Holcomb. I mentioned her a few posts ago, and have since landed on a new favorite of hers.

Going in the complete opposite direction (lol) I’ve also had “Write On Me” by Fifth Harmony on repeat after hearing it for the first time last weekend. I promise you won’t be able to stop playing it! Now that I think about it… it would be so fun if you left your current favorite song below. That way, we can all add some new tunes to our playlist!

Wishing everyone a fun, safe weekend!

Love from Texas,


P.S. If you’ve been following along on snapchat (username: LonestarSnaps) you will have seen that I added something new to my daily routine this week! Spin class a la SoulCycle. They just opened a new location (heads up, Dallas girls) right down the road from my apartment, and I’m newly addicted! I rode with trainers Abby and Hayes, and they were both amazing.

(How you make it through a whole class talking without fainting or falling off the bike is a profound mystery to me. Props, Abby and Hayes. Mad props.)

It’s such a great workout (I always leave dripping in sweat) but at the same time, it’s fun. Yes, I did use “fun” and “workout” in the same sentence. Curious to know if any of y’all have ever tried it?

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  1. I look forward to these posts every week now, love them! As for songs, I love Shawn Mendes- especially his new single!
    -Angela & Amy

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  2. Sydney S said:

    I seriously love that watermelon top!
    xo, Syd

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  3. Aubrey said:

    I love these posts! Happy Friday. Also I love SoulCycle.

    xx. The Coastal Confidence

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  4. McKinley said:

    That was me that screen shotted your snap haha I love the way you did the pictures above your couch and wanted to remember how it looked!!

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    • A Lonestar State of Southern said:

      Hahaha McKinley, I love it!! Was so worried someone was like “oh my gosh this girl is not real.” ? I’ll be doing a post on the pictures!

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  5. that yellow clutch is absolutely adorable, I love it!

    xoox, SS

    The Southern Stylista

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  6. paula said:

    Love the hot pink swim suit!


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  7. Janaé said:

    That clutch has me wanting to go on a nice Caribbean cruise right about now! My favorite song at the moment is Remember by Passion. Talk about fun encouragement!

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  8. Nicole said:

    Where are the dresses from?

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    • A Lonestar State of Southern said:

      Hi Nicole, click right on the dresses to shop!

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  9. Morgan said:

    I’ve had Fence Post by Aaron Watson on repeat for the last week! I first heard it on the “Texas Red Dirt” playlist on spotify. As a Texas girl living in Connecticut for the summer, I love it!

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  10. Morgan said:

    Also- Kate would you ever consider doing a post about cute sorority-related items? Maybe before recruitment season starts up?

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  11. I’ve been wanting to try SoulCycle for forever!! But the closest locations is 45 minutes away from me :( Hopefully, I’ll get one in my city soon!!

    Jordan: The Teacup of Style
    Instagram: @teacupofstyle

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  12. caroline said:

    I love that you have been loving Ellie Holcomb recently! I have always been such a huge fan of her and Drew Holcomb and the Neighbors for quite sometime now. I actually got to see Drew in concert several times, and get a chance to hear his testimony and chat with him too, such a great guy!

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  13. Kathryn said:

    What a great roundup! I want it all!!

    xx Kathryn

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