Happy, happy Friday friends! Much like this past week, this past month has absolutely flown by. March? Sorry, what? How did we get here?!
I thought I’d take today to catch you up with a new Coffee Date! If you’re new to the blog, my ‘Coffee Date’ series is one that walks through my latest Instagram and life-happenings once every month or so. I love these posts because they allow me to get a little more ‘real’ with y’all than the typical posts you see here day-to-day do. So if rambling isn’t your thing, you may just want to scroll on down to the photos! :)
I must say, y’all.. I am super, wonderfully, incredibly grateful for the month of February. The end of 2015 was hard, the beginning of 2016 was a much-needed, refreshing page turn, but this past month has just been plain fun. Let’s see… what all has happened!
For starters, I embarked on my first “friend trip” to the incredible city of New Orleans! There’s a group of best friends from high school who’ve ended up here in Dallas after graduating from different colleges. We’ve been having the best time planning happy hours, brunches, kickball games and the like all together.
The crazy business of college never afforded the opportunity for both my guy and girl friends to get together for a trip… and for some reason, that’s been on my bucket list ever since! Us Dallasites finally decided it was “now or never,” and somehow managed to find an open weekend for everyone. Turns out, coordinating 8 different schedules is tricky, but we did it!
We decided that heading to New Orleans a couple weekends before Mardis Gras would be the perfect fit… we’d still get to experience the floats and festivities, but without all of the crazy crowds! I ended up having an awful cold the entire time, but even that couldn’t put a damper on things. We had so much fun sight-seeing, eating at yummy restaurants, and even dancing through the streets with a jazz band. Absolutely surreal, and a memory I’ll cherish for a while!
Continuing on in this month of fun, I got to visit one of my oldest and best friends, Camille, in Denver! I actually wrote all about that trip here, so if you’d like to hear more about it I’d encourage you to check that out. In summary…. it was an incredible weekend spent almost entirely outdoors in God’s beautiful creation with a much-missed friend. What’s not to love?
Not only has the past month and a half been filled with travel, it’s been filled with birthdays as well! My sister, Steele, celebrated her birthday in January, and my cute mama celebrated hers just last weekend. Both were so much fun, since the whole family got together to celebrate! The older I get, the more I’ve started to really, really cherish those rare times together. *so sappy, Kate*
In terms of day-to-day life, I’ve literally gotten back in the saddle and have started horseback riding again! English riding was a hobby I trained in for years and years growing up, but neglected upon entering college. I can’t begin to explain the joy this has brought into my life now that I’ve picked it back up. Just having something to look forward to all week has been so fun! I ride on Tuesday mornings for about an hour, with a couple hours on each side of my lesson to groom/graze/bathe my horse. (SO fun.) The stables I ride at are about thirty miles south of Dallas, and being out in the open, away from the city has done wonders to clear my head.
Not much to complain about here, y’all. I’m thankful the Lord has blessed me with such a fun “breather” of a month! All in all, there are a few simple themes I’ve taken away from this season that I want to share with y’all.
1. TAKE THE TRIP
I know, I know… it seems too complicated, too expensive, and almost like too much work to even justify the payoff. But y’all, if there’s one thing I’ve learned from my (not intense) travels as of late, it’s that they’re one of the very best uses of time and money! Especially, especially if you go on them with people you love. Be the trailblazer and round up your friends for a quick weekend getaway, or book a ticket to see the childhood friend you haven’t caught up with in years. You absolutely will NOT regret it!
2. IT’S OK TO TAKE A LITTLE TIME TO DO WHAT YOU LOVE
I am a firm believer that the most fulfilling life to live is one defined by serving others. There is immense joy to be found in that! But there is also a time and a place for resting, enjoying life and rediscovering what it is you love to do. I’m not talking about spending 30 minutes scrolling through Facebook… I’m talking about finding an activity to invest yourself in, to grow yourself in, and to have fun in! Take a second to think through what that could look like for you, if nothing in the world was holding you back…
3. THERE IS A SEASON FOR EVERYTHING
One of my favorite artists, Peter Bradley Adams, said it best… “There’s a lesson in the rain, that change will always come.” I love the image he paints… that the storm never lasts forever. It changes, and with that changes comes the blue skies and the warm weather and even the occasional rainbow you thought you’d never see again. When you’re in the middle of a storm, it’s easy to buy the lie that it’s going to stay that way forever. While it sounds melodramatic typed out, that’s certainly how I felt a few months ago, and I’m positive I’m not the only one to have experienced this at one point or another. But just like every literal rain storm you’ve ever seen ends, so do hard times. If that’s you right now, hang in there. The story found in Matthew 14 always encourages me. Jesus is with you in the storm, even when you’re tempted to think He’s sleeping through it.
He’s looking after you right this very moment. Promise, sister. :)
Now onto the photos! Below, you’ll find my latest Instagrams over on my Insta acount, @LonestarSouthern. Use the links below to shop each photo if something catches your eye.
MAXI VEST | WHITE BUTTON DOWN | JEANS | BAG | GOLD BRACELET | TURQUOISE BRACELET | BOOTIES
TURQUOISE BRACELET | GOLD BRACELET | MAXI VEST | WHITE TEE | JEANS | BOOTIES
GREEN JACKET | HUNTER RAIN BOOTS | STRIPED SHIRT | WHITE JEANS | PURSE | EARRINGS
SUNGLASSES (sold out) | PEARL STUDS | SWIM TOP (old, similar linked)
PURSE | HOOP EARRINGS | SUNGLASSES (Forever21 in stores) | HEELS (old, similar linked)
LAKE PAJAMA PANTS (so comfy!)
LILAC SCARF | JEANS | SWEATER (size L) | BAG | FLATS (Chanel, similar linked)
GREEN JACKET | JEANS | STRIPED TOP | CONVERSE | BAG
MINT JEANS | BOOTIES | WHITE TEE | COLOR BLOCK SCARF | BAG | GOLD BRACEELET
BAG | SKIRT | WEDGES | SUNNIES | HOOP EARRINGS
GLASSES | SWEATER (size L) | JEANS | PEARL STUDS | CHERRY BLOSSOM lipstick + SCANDAL gloss
MINT JEANS | BOW FLATS | BLUSH TOTE | SWEATER (size L) | PEARL STUDS
HAPPY CAMPER SWEATSHIRT | CHERRY BLOSSOM lipstick + SCANDAL gloss
PLAID CAPE (sold out) | WHITE TEE | WHITE JEANS | BLACK BOOTIES | BLACK BAG | GOLD BRACELET | PEARL STUDS
PINK SCALLOP BOTTOMS | PINK SCALLOP ONE PIECE
STRIPED SWEATER (J.Crew similar here) | WHITE JEANS | HUNTER BOOTS | BAG
FLORAL EARRINGS | CALF HAIR CLUTCH
CIRCLE SUNGLASSES | RODAN & FIELDS SUNLESS TANNER | BOW BIKINI TOP (sold out) | SCALLOP BOTTOMS
TURQUOISE SWEATER | WHITE JEANS | FLATS (Chanel, similar linked) | BAG | WATCH | GOLD BRACELET
TASSEL BAG | PINK SWEATER | DESTROYED JEANS | GOLD BRACELET | FLATS (Chanel, similar linked)
SHIRT | VEST | CLUTCH | JEANS | WEDGES | NECKALCE | BRACELETS | HOOP EARRINGS
LEOPARD PUMPS (old, exact similar linked) | BLUSH TOP
MONOGRAMMED JACK ROGER SANDALS
(riding apparel from Dover Saddlery + LuluLemon jacket)
VEST | WHITE TOP | LEGGINGS | BOOTS | TOTE | SUNNIES
BOW WEDGES | SCALLOP SKIRT | GINGHAM BUTTON DOWN
TASSEL COVER UP (use code BIGEVENT16 for up to 25% off!)
GLASSES | SWEATER (size L) | PEARL STUDS | JEANS | UGG SLIPPERS | CHERRY BLOSSOM lipstick + SCANDAL gloss
Hope everyone has a wonderful weekend! I have some fun plans for tonight… :)… and then a relaxing couple of days ahead!
Love from Texas,