pom pom basket

 BASKET   Pom Pom Basket (exact color sold out)   |   TOP   Strappy Swing Tank   |   JEANS   White Destroyed Jeans   |   WEDGES   Ankle Strap Wedges (sold out, similar linked)   |   BRACELET   Gold Wrap Bracelet   |   WATCH  …

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 You know that slightly creepy but pretty accurate yellow/blue mouth gaping open emoji? (This one if you’re totally lost. It says “face screaming in terror” but it’s more of a shocked emoji in my book.) That’s the face I made when I received an email in late May from Furbish Studio announcing these pom pom baskets. On the walk back to the Kappa house after class, I managed to pick this pink and orange beauty out, add it to my cart and check out on my phone all without running into too many pedestrians… cause when you know, you know! That’s what they all say, right?

This thing has been with me all summer – brightening up my travels and holding important cargo in the cutest manner possible. Like… pom poms?! For real! They sold out almost immediately, and while they’ve come back in stock a few times here and there throughout the summer, these colorful beauties never last long. I’ve tracked a few down at Design Darling, though, in case you need.

As much fun as I know he’s had on trips to the lake house and the like, my little pom pom basket friend has found a true home here in Seaside. He loves the ocean and pastel houses, and is begging me to stay here and never leave. I just might listen to him!

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Love from Texas,

Kate

Photography by Hilary Rattikin

P.S. This top is amazing. It’s the ultimate dress up or down blouse (did you see the gorgeous back?) and is so flattering! You can snag it in 5 different colors including white (I’m in the orange) for just $30. Can someone say #closetstaple?

ginger jar girl

SHORTS   Vineyard Vines Shorts   |   SHIRT   Scalloped Top (non-crop version linked)    |   BAG   Blush Tory Burch Crossbody   |   SANDALS   Gold Tory Burch Sandals   |   EARRINGS   Gold Dangle Earrings   |   WATCH   Michael Kors   |   BRACELET…

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SHORTS   Vineyard Vines Shorts   |   SHIRT   Scalloped Top (non-crop version linked)    |   BAG   Blush Tory Burch Crossbody   |   SANDALS   Gold Tory Burch Sandals   |   EARRINGS   Gold Dangle Earrings   |   WATCH   Michael Kors   |   BRACELET   Gold Wrap Bracelet   |   WEDGES   White Wedges (sold out, similar linked)

 Crisp whites get me. Every single time. The other week, in fact, I read a comment remarking on how I had been wearing a lot of white lately – it’s something I haven’t been doing consciously, but something that’s been so true of my style the past couple of months. You all know how much I adore bright colors, but the feel of clean, classic white ensembles is so refreshing and absolutely impossible to resist, especially during these hot summer months!

The gorgeous, clean blue pattern of these Vineyard Vines shorts immediately reminded me of the decorative ginger jars you see from time to time. And on a beautiful white linen? Oh, so classic. I adore these for their relaxed fit, and ultimate timeless nature – a tricky thing to find in shorts these days!

This scalloped top and pretty blush cross body seemed like the perfect accompaniments, completing an outfit fit for even the hottest days of late summer. Don’t tell anyone… but I’ve been wearing this look excessively at the beach this week! That’s when you know it’s good.

Lizzie McGuire, you are an OUTFIT REPEATER!

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Love from Texas,

Kate

Photography by Hilary Rattikin

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turquoise and rust

ROMPER   Off the Shoulder Romper (also comes in green)   |   NECKLACE   Turquoise Beaded Necklace (under $20!)   |   NECKLACE   White Rayne Necklace   |   SANDALS   Gold Sandals (hurry, still available on sale!)    |   CLUTCH   Blush Clutch   |   EARRINGS  …

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It happens every year. Towards the latter half of summer, I start subconsciously collecting rust colored pieces. Not only is cute burnt orange clothing worth it’s weight in gold as a co-ed at the University of Texas, the color holds a gorgeous uniqueness that I’m always drawn to in late summer and fall. I kid you not… I think I walked in and out of Nordstrom with this romper in all of 10 minutes. I couldn’t help it!

Besides the gorgeous color of this romper, I adore the cut of it! An off the shoulder neckline paired with fluted sleeves and breezy shorts make it not only summer heat-bearable but gorgeously flattering as well. Always a plus for rompers, as I’ve tried on a few in my day that are flat. out. awkward. I added more bohemian gold and turquoise accents (like this gorgeous turquoise necklace) for a look that’s perfect for a football game or night out with friends! Look out, Austin, Texas. You’ll see me in this exact outfit in a few months for football season! And if orange isn’t your thing (hook ’em, anyway) this romper also comes in a pretty fall green.

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Love from Texas,

Kate

Photography by Hilary Rattikin 

pink party dress

DRESS   Color My Soul Dress (similar here)   |   SHOES   Leopard Wedges   |   EARRINGS   Gold Dangle Earrings (I’ve been wearing them nonstop!)   |   CUFF   Gold Cuff   |   CLUTCH   Blush Tory Burch Clutch (also works as a crossbody)  …

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There’s a reason the term “party dress” is even a thing. A party dress is a special dress – one that’s striking, playful, makes you feel like a million bucks and most of all, it’s fun. I don’t think I’d ever laid eyes on such a flawless specimen of said dress until I came across this beauty from Red Dress Boutique. The color? Knockout. The easy, effortless fit? Stunning. The flirty, skirted detail on the bottom? Um, YES. Takeaway? This is the ultimate pink party dress, friends.

Topped off with ridiculously fun leopard wedges, darling gold earrings and the perfect gold cuff, this look is set to spin you straight into the middle of the dance floor. I’ve been shopping online at Red Dress Boutique since high school (seriously!) and have to relay just how on point this online store is. Their offerings are always too cute, and way affordable! Fun fact – they were on Shark Tank a few months ago. Unbeknownst to me, I was watching an episode with my roommate and squealed a little too loudly when they came on.

This whole week is cause for a party dress, as I finally made it to Seaside, Florida for my family’s summer vacation! Everything smells like saltwater and sunscreen and I’m never leaving. I’m documenting the trip heavily on Instagram, so make sure you’re following @LonestarSouthern and signed up for LIKEtoKNOW.it so you can shop my looks on the go. Have a lovely, lovely week everyone!

Love from Texas,

Kate

Photography by Hilary Rattikin

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seaside necessities

click directly on an image to shop, or use the links below Beach Tote   |   White Bracelets   |   Beach Towel   |   Yellow Bikini Top (comes in lots of colors)    |   Yellow Bikini Bottoms   |   Pastel Wallet   |   White Sandals…

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Beach Tote   |   White Bracelets   |   Beach Towel   |   Yellow Bikini Top (comes in lots of colors)    |   Yellow Bikini Bottoms   |   Pastel Wallet   |   White Sandals   |   Blue Maxi Dress   |   Beach Spike   |   Lip Balm   |   Gold Earrings   |   Sunglasses   |   Journal   |   Fiji Nailpolish

TODAY’S THE DAY!

Today, I leave for the beach. Seaside, Florida, specifically. Golly gee whiz is this kid pumped! We weren’t able to go last year due to conflicting summer schedules between my sis and I, so it’s been two whole years (absolutely abominable) since I’ve been to my favorite place on earth. YIPPEE. So wait… have I mentioned I’m excited?

My room is currently in chaos as I prepare for a week of salt, sun, seafood and sand, but above you’ll find a general overview/wish list of my Seaside suitcase. I purchased the yellow swimsuit top in white and can’t wait to break it in. A fabulous pair of sunnies is a must (I manage to forget or loose mine this time every year so pls pray for me) and a few tubes of lip balm are absolutely necessary for braving days in the sun. There’s nothing I love more than quiet times on the beach, so I’ll be packing up my prayer journal as well! (Any journaling fans out there?)

Bottom line, I am too excited for this little getaway and hope to bring y’all along as best as I can! So be sure to tune in to Snapchat (@LonestarSnaps) and Instagram (@LonestarSouthern) for the fun. And speaking of Instagram, did you see the giveaway I posted last night?! I’m giving away a Barrington Cabin Bag (see yesterday’s post) to one of you! Be sure to follow the instructions on this picture to enter.

Final thing… I’m in huge need of book recommendations! I love futuristic-America, Hunger Gamesy, thriller/romance types because I’m a huge nerd and have no friends and would seriously love any suggestions! I just finished the Delirium series by Lauren Oliver and totally recommend it for an entertaining read.

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Love from Texas,

Kate

cabin fever

 BAG   Barrington Cabin Bag (classic colors here)  |   SHOES   Lace Up Heels (just got them and am in love)   |   JEANS   Destroyed White Jeans   |   SHIRT   Ralph Lauren Button Down   |   SUNGLASSES   Miu Miu (black color here)   |   BELT   J.Crew…

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The best cure to cabin fever, which I’ve found strikes hardest in the dead hot days of mid-summer, is always a trip away! Be it 30 minutes away or 3 hours, a change of scenery and experience always seems to put a pep in my step. Which is why I’m currently doing backflips – I leave for a week in Seaside, Florida tomorrow! I simply can not wait to get back to my favorite spot on earth.

I’ll be packing up my best fun, beach-ready pieces in this B E A U tiful Barrington Cabin Bag! Y’all. Easily the best travel bag I’ve ever owned. I’ve had my eye on this guy for forever for it’s classic, timeless look that comes customizable in a million different patterns and colors. (That means there are tons of great options for our guys, too!) Anyone surprised I chose pink and orange? :)

I’ve always thought that lovely luggage gives off a wonderful impression, which makes the Cabin Bag a great investment. (Or gift! Graduation, rush, etc, etc.) The beautiful leather finishes (including the detachable shoulder strap) and sturdy material ensure this is a bag I’ll carry for years to come.

I’m too thrilled to share two bits of WAY fun info regarding this beauty with y’all! First off, I’ll be hosting a G I V E A W A Y for one Cabin Bag on Instagram later this evening! Make sure you’re following @LonestarSouthern to get in on the goodness. Secondly, Barrington is holding it’s “Christmas in July Sale” starting midnight tonight through July 26th! Everything (including the Cabin Bag!) will be 10% off with free shipping – including international! So if this bag is calling your name, or you’ve had your eye on a St. Anne (that I always, always wear) now is the time to strike!

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Love from Texas,

Kate

Photography by Hilary Rattikin