surprise lilly pulitzer sale!

This weekend, I got a fun and unexpected email. Lilly Pulitzer announced something they’ve never done before… the Dressed for Summer Sale!

Three words: IT’S. SO. GOOD.

This Lilly Pulitzer Dressed for Summer Sale is the best I have ever seen. Better, even, than any After Party Sale or surprise sale the brand has hosted during the past few months! The selection was huge, fresh, and every single thing I purchased was under $100… I truly can’t believe it!

I rarely “push” a sale, since I never want to pressure anyone into buying something they really don’t need. I will say, though, if you’ve ever wanted to add a piece of Lilly Pulitzer to your wardrobe, I cannot imagine a better opportunity than now.

Let me show you what I checked out with, and then some of my favorite, currently well-stocked styles in the sale!

 

what i purchased

 

 

I walked away from the Dressed for Summer Sale with six adorable items for under $400. With the exception of this gorgeous maxi I’ve been eyeing (that gets amazing reviews), I focused on more casual pieces I can wear daily. I love the easy, breezy look of this little dress ($59) and know I will wear this white blouse (just $39) all the time!

 

other pieces i love

 

 

As you can tell, there really is an amazing selection with this Lilly Pulitzer sale. Plenty of classic shifts, Luxletic athletic pieces, swimwear, home goods and more are included!

I’ll be posting my favorite finds, photos of me in pieces I already own that are included as well as sale updates on my Instagram page, so be sure to stay tuned. Technically, the sale doesn’t close until tomorrow night… so we’ll see if there are any new pieces in the morning!

Now it’s your turn to take advantage of this amazing sale. Check out all the fun here, and let me know what you end up finding!

Earlier This Morning

This weekend, I got a fun and unexpected email. Lilly Pulitzer announced something they’ve never done before… the Dressed for Summer Sale!

We don’t know many details other than the fact that it will last two days (Monday & Tuesday of this week), starts at 8am EST, and all purchases are final. I get the sense that it will be like the After Party Sale… just in the middle of summer!

I’m camped out at my computer and can’t wait to see what this is all about. I’ll be updating my post right after I get a feel for what you can expect, so stay tuned!

If you’d like to experience the fun for yourself, make sure you’re in line here!

Love from the Sunshine State,

Kate

the happy list // no. 5

Since a million thoughts and to-dos are swirling around in my head, I thought it would be fun to focus them in on a few especially happy things. I love sharing the positive, especially during moments when it feels like there is a lot of darkness, and I hope you enjoy this happy list!

It’s been quite the week around here, friends. For one, Andrew finally finished primary call! In a nutshell, this means his residency schedule is going to be much more livable and, dare I say, even enjoyable?! I am so, so proud of him and don’t think I’ll ever shut up about it!

Then, yesterday, we celebrated the launch of my mini collection with The Impeccable Pig. I am so incredibly appreciative of y’alls kind words and wonderful reception to this project. Even with all of the unplanned changes due to the season we’re in, I’m thrilled with how it turned out and hope you love it too!

While I think a low key weekend is just what we need after this week, it looks like we’ll be busy as ever celebrating the end of Andrew’s first year of residency and saying goodbye to friends who are moving to their next stage of training.

I also have a few projects going live in the next few days that I’m putting the final touches on! Typically I work hard to spread out sponsored content, but with everything going on, the scheduling fell a little tighter than I would usually prefer. I am always so thankful for your reception to the content I create here, both sponsored and organic. These projects allow me to keep creating here on Lonestar Southern, and I couldn’t be more grateful for your support!

Since a million thoughts and to-dos are swirling around in my head, I thought it would be fun to focus them in on a few especially happy things. I love sharing the positive, especially during moments when it feels like there is a lot of darkness, and I hope you enjoy this happy list!

TOP (can be worn on the shoulder too) // JEANS // SHOES // SUNNIES // EARRINGS (sold out Liza Yates Design) // BAG (sold out, similar linked) // BANGLE

 

the happy list

 

 

  • I pulled the trigger, y’all… this arrived last night and I can’t wait to set it up!
  • New flavor alert for all my La Croix lovers! The reviews are either love it or hate it. I, for one, LOVE IT.
  • Finally! A gorgeous woven belt that doesn’t break the bank.
  • On my to-do list: watching this IG live with one of my favorites, Lauren Ivey, and Pastor Charles, who has an incredible story and founded Africa New Life!
  • Ordered this new pair of denim shorts after seeing them on Mary’s IG Story! They’re expensive, but finding a pair of modest, cute denim shorts is worth it to me.
  • I nearly turned off the new Netflix movie “Feel the Beat” because of the main character… but it turned out really cute!
  • The best-fitting two-piece I’ve ever owned arrived this week. How cute is this top & bottom?!
  • Don’t mind me as I spend all day trying to learn this routine. Cutest dancing video ever!
  • Ever since my trip to IKEA, I’ve been snacking on my favorite candy possibly ever, Daims. I just did a little search out of curiosity and turns out you can buy them on amazon!
  • Just came across what is possibly the world’s cutest (and honestly, affordable considering all the options I’ve looked at) outdoor wicker loveseat.
  • It’s been one year since the launch of my bridal collection with Lisi Lerch! (See the blog post here.) In celebration, the collection is 30% off this weekend with the code BRIDAL30.
  • Looking to get a sweat in? The 45 minute Pop Ride with Cody from Monday (June 22) was so fun. Such a fab playlist! Watch out… the second half gets real difficult real fast.
  • Andrew and I bought a set of used frisbee golf discs this week. Wish me luck as we embark on yet another new (to me) sport!
  • Drumroll please… a couple of weeks ago, I made a goal to raise $1000 together for Be the Bridge with a personal match of $500. The final sum is in! You, generous friends, raised $673.61. With the $500, together we raised $1,173.61 for this amazing organization! Hugs to everyone who jumped in!

Wishing you a weekend full of happy!

Love from the Sunshine State,

Kate

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the impeccable pig x lonestar southern mini collection

It’s almost here! Set your alarms. On Thursday, June 25 at 9am CST, the mini collection I put together with The Impeccable Pig will be live and ready to shop!

It’s almost here! Set your alarms. On Thursday, June 25 at 9am CST, the mini collection I put together with The Impeccable Pig will be live and ready to shop!

You may have seen my Instagram Story sharing the update on the collection a couple of weeks ago. If you missed it, here’s what I was filling you in on:

Each year, the Impeccable Pig team and I have gone to the Dallas market to curate this fun project. This year, we decided to switching things up and head to Las Vegas instead!

It was an amazing whirlwind of an experience. I didn’t think I could imagine anything bigger than Dallas market… but as it turns out, Las Vegas is even more massive. In one day, we had managed to select over 200 fabulous pieces for our spring launch, including the largest variety of plus-sized pieces to-date. We couldn’t wait to bring them all to you!

Then… you guessed it… the pandemic hit. For a while, I wasn’t sure if we were going to be able to make the Spring 2020 collection come to life. But then, I got some bittersweet news. While the majority of the pieces we ordered didn’t even make it to production due to COVID, about 30 did!

With that good news, we decided to run full speed ahead.

All that to say, this year’s collection will look a little different. Much smaller, for one, and less size variety than we had anticipated. You’ll also notice an adorable Impeccable Pig team member, Shelby, in the model shots instead of me. (So, so grateful she was able to shoot this collection!)

Even with all of the curveballs and changes, I still think you’re going to love this collection. Expect a fabulous variety of casual tops, lightweight sweaters, fun dresses and more!

In celebration of the launch, here’s a sneak peek at a few of my favorite styles. Be sure to scroll below for some FAQs and important details regarding the collection, then set that alarm for 9am CST tomorrow morning! I’ll be jumping on Instagram Stories to try on a variety of pieces, and I hope to see you there!

 

the impeccable pig mini collection

 

sneak peek

 

SUN CITY KNIT SWEATER (s, m, l // will be available in three other colors!)

SOAK UP THE SUN MIDI DRESS (s, m, l) | SUNHAT

DOUBLE BUBBLE TOP (s, m, l) | HARPER SKIRT (xs, s, m, l)

BOUND TO BE CHIC BELTED DRESS (s, m, l)

OCEAN BREEZE TOP (available in one size & plus size) | BOWER BIRD EARRINGS

 

important details

 

WHEN

June 25th at 9am CST

WHERE

Online at TheImpeccablePig.com

RETURNS

Keep in mind, The Impeccable Pig return policy is for store credit only! I always try to be super, super transparent about this because I know it can be a bummer. This has been the policy for as long as I can remember (and each time we’ve done this collaboration) and so hopefully most are aware by now. Just keep in mind while shopping, if you didn’t realize!

RESTOCKS

Styles tend to sell out quickly (y’all are amazing!) and in past collections, we’ve been able to restock select items! Restocks will be more difficult and more sparse this year due to everything going on, so I’ll do my best to keep you updated on heavily-stocked pieces and items that are going quickly.

SIZING

Of the thirty pieces that arrived, only one of our plus-sized items made it. We’re incredibly bummed, as we had found a couple of really cute expanded sizing vendors whose pieces didn’t make it to production. So, most of the items in this collection will be sized S, M, L.

WHAT TO EXPECT

This year, we have a really fun assortment of casual tops, lightweight sweaters, summer dresses, eye-catching accessories, and even a couple of fabulous hats!

 

I can’t wait to share this fun project with you! See you tomorrow morning at 9am CST over at The Impeccable Pig!

Love from the Sunshine State,

Kate

our favorite puppy products

Today, I’m rounding up all the things that have helped us along the way! If you have a furry friend of your own, or are planning on bringing one into your family soon, I hope these help!

Baby Flynn is a nine months old miniature schnauzer, and it feels like he gets bigger, cuter, snugglier, and sweeter every single day. The “journey” of puppy rearing has been the very best thing in Andrew’s and my little world, not to mention our first year of marriage!

I am fully convinced that when you are willing and ready to make the necessary sacrifices of time, resources, and a bit (or a lot) of personal freedom, getting a dog is one of the very best things in the world! I am so glad I waited for a time in my life when I was willing to slow down and give a puppy the loads of attention it needed.

Over the months, I’ve received a sprinkling of questions regarding our favorite puppy products we’ve loved using for Flynn. Today, I’m rounding up all the things that have helped us along the way! If you have a furry friend of your own, or are planning on bringing one into your family soon, I hope these help!

 

our favorite puppy products

 

 

MUST-READ TRAINING BOOK

If you’re planning on getting a puppy, start by buying this book! (I bought the Kindle version for around $5.) It’s an easy read, and without a doubt the resource that most helped us implement structure and training when Flynn was a wee one. I kid you not… he was “sitting” and “staying” in a day or two!

 

SNUGGLE PUPPY

We took this nifty little plush animal, which as a battery-operated heart beat tucked inside, when we picked up Flynn. I made sure to gently rub it on his siblings and surroundings so it would have their scent. Those first few weeks, I could tell this little buddy really comforted Flynn and helped with his separation. He no longer uses it, but it’s worth it for a puppy!

 

BABY GATE

This has truly been a lifesaver throughout Flynn’s puppy-hood. We actually have two… this one (which we love and is definitely worth the price) and a much cheaper one we honestly hate. Together, they separate our kitchen and den from the rest of the house, which help me keep Flynn in puppy-friendly territory and away from hardwoods.

FLYNN’S FOOD

For the first few months of Flynn’s life, we fed him with Fromm Puppy Chiot at the recommendation of his breeder. We didn’t have any issues with it, and it worked for us! Recently, though, we’ve switched to The Farmer’s Dog and honestly it has been the best thing. You can just tell how much more Flynn loves it, and I feel really, really good about giving it to him. My code, LONESTARSOUTHERN, will get you 60% off your order!

 

SLOW FEEDER

Flynn used to scarf down his meal in seconds, and we could tell it wasn’t healthy for him. Andrew ordered this slow feeder on Amazon, and it’s been amazing. Easy to use (I place it inside his normal bowl), easy to clean (I throw it in the dishwasher), and it truly works in slowing Flynn down!

 

AIRPLANE TRAVEL CARRIER

Before the pandemic, we took Flynn on quite a few flights! I was incredibly anxious about it, but the process was actually pretty easy and Flynn did great! I ordered the medium size, which gave him a good bit of room as a little puppy and was easy to fit underneath an airplane seat. Now, at about 10 lbs, he’s outgrown it and I need to go a size up!

Flynn’s Favorite Toy

Flynn’s favorite toy also happens to be the cheapest one we own… a used, plastic water bottle stuffed into one of Andrew’s socks! Flynn loves, loves loves this thing. I think it has just the perfect amount of crinkle for him! When the water bottle gets flat, we just replace it and wash the wock!

INVISIBLE FENCE

Our house backs onto a golf course, and doesn’t have a fenced yard. A couple of months ago, Andrew and I decided to purchase this invisible fence so Flynn could play outside without a leash. To be honest, I was extremely skeptical, but turns out this thing actually works! Plus, it’s super easy to set up. (You don’t have to bury any wires or anything!) Flynn learned to use it in a little over a week and now it’s part of our daily routine.

 

DOG BED

Andrew and I splurged on this monogrammed dog bed (size medium) for Flynn’s Christmas present. We love it! It’s super cozy, very high-quality, and blends into our home without creating an eyesore. I will say… Flynn goes through phases of laying in it. Sometimes he prefers the cool tile floor because of the Florida heat!

RETRACTABLE LEASH

My mom bought this retractable leash for Flynn last week, and it’s been the best thing ever! (Heads up, I’m just now seeing that the leash we own gets pretty bad reviews, so I’ve linked the replacement I just purchased!) I do think it was good that we trained him to walk on a fixed leash before we moved to this one, though. But now that we have this kind, I don’t think we’ll ever go back!

 

PUPPY HARNESS

Flynn’s breeder actually sent us home with this puppy harness, and we’ve loved it so much we haven’t moved him off of it! I love that it allows him to pull without hurting his neck. While I can’t find our exact one, this similar style looks nearly identical and comes in tons of colors!

 

DOGGY BANDANA

This past weekend, I posted a video of Flynn wearing a brown bandana and got so many questions! To be honest, I had just ordered a normal bandana from Amazon and cut it in half. I just found this set, though, and bought them in both color options. They’re actually more affordable… $12 for six!

ROVER APP

Puppy parents everywhere need to download the Rover app right away. We first used it when we made the mistake of taking Flynn to Birmingham over NYE. Our hotel was pet friendly, and we couldn’t stand the thought of being away from him! Long story short, he barked non-stop in our hotel room. In a frenzy, I jumped on this app and was able to find him the sweetest sitter for the new years eve with only a few hours notice. We used it to find our favorite puppy sitter here in Gainesville as well!

 

While there are plenty of other products we use, this list is focused on those we really love. Since we’re only a few months into puppy-parenting, we’re always on the lookout for other wonderful dog products as well. (I have my eye on the Furbo for our next purchase!) I would love to hear your favorite puppy products in the comments below!

Love from the Sunshine State,

Kate

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white ric rac dress

I stopped into Target last week on the way to the beach with my mama (another wonderful, restful break) and came across this darling ric rac dress! It was the only piece from the collection at the store, but I was instantly drawn to the colorful ric rac trim and the gorgeous quality of the dress. I bought it without trying it on and wore it to dinner the very same evening!

DRESS ric rac dress (also love this sleeved style) // EARRINGS scalloped hoop earrings // SHOES platform sandals // HEADBAND woven headband // BRACELET woven bracelet (bought in-store a few years ago, found similar online)

Online shopping has always been a big part of my role here at Lonestar Southern. Finding lovely new styles, putting together fun ensembles and sharing it all with you has always been one of my favorite aspects of this blog!

You may have heard me mention this lately, but over the course of the past few strange weeks (and even months), I admittedly lost a bit of interest in keeping up with the latest in online shopping. What it all boiled down to? Hunting for new styles to share while most of us were spending lots of time at home, adjusting to fallouts from the pandemic and wrestling with social justice issues felt unimportant. That’s not to say I stopped all together.. but you may have noticed that outfit posts seemed to be a bit farther and few between.

Honestly, it was really nice to slow down. I will always be thankful for the lessons I learned during this season (perhaps a blog post on those later?) and I am incredibly thankful that y’all were flexible with me. For the first time since taking this blog full-time, I spent more time sinking into our new home, loving my little family, and truly, deeply resting than creating content. After a whirlwind of a year, it was just what I needed.

All that to say… that’s why the Lisa Marie Fernandez for Target collaboration totally took me by surprise. Normally, I would have been all over this. But since I haven’t been quite as focused on online retail as of late, I was late to the game.

I stopped into Target last week on the way to the beach with my mama (another wonderful, restful break) and came across this darling ric rac dress! It was the only piece from the collection at the store, but I was instantly drawn to the colorful ric rac trim and the gorgeous quality of the dress. I bought it without trying it on and wore it to dinner the very same evening!

I’ve always eyed the gorgeous, feminine silhouettes sprinkled with pops of whimsy and color from Lisa Marie Fernandez, but the price tag always deterred me. Needless to say, I am head over heels with the affordability, size inclusivity and variety of this collection and am dying to try a few more pieces!

Here are a few that have caught my eye in particular:

 

lisa marie fernandez for target

 

Goodness, y’all. I did not mean for this blog post to turn into a novel! But it feels nice to put words to where my head, mind and heart have been the past couple of months.

After stepping back a bit, something about this fun Target collaboration sparked my love for sharing fashion finds all over again. Suffice it to say, I am really excited to ramp that part of this blog up again, and I hope you are too!

On that note, I’m wishing you an inspired Monday and a wonderful week ahead!

Love from the Sunshine State,

Kate

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my favorite new lilly pulitzer print // lilly state of mind

But one of my favorite things about Lilly Pulitzer is the fact that it is well-loved by women of all ages and from all across the country. That’s why I’m absolutely beside myself with excitement to be teaming up with Lilly to share the beautiful new capsule collection… Lilly State of Mind!

 

details

 

DRESS Cirista Midi Dress // SHOES bow slide sandal (sold out, similar linked) // BRACELETS allie bess bracelets // HAT wide-brimmed pandora hat // CLUTCH straw clutch (old, similar linked)

If you know me, you know there are so many things I love about Lilly Pulitzer… the bright colors that always perk up my wardrobe, the entrepreneurial juice stand origins, the whimsical prints that celebrate the beauty of life, and the fact that, no matter how trends change, it’s been a constant in my wardrobe for years and years.

But one of my favorite things about Lilly Pulitzer is the fact that it is well-loved by women of all ages and from all across the country.

That’s why I’m absolutely beside myself with excitement to be teaming up with Lilly to share the beautiful new capsule collection… Lilly State of Mind!

This print celebrates Lilly lovers across the nation, representing each of our fifty states in a beautiful patchwork of bright colors. I’ve had the best time pouring over the print itself to uncover the details in each “state square,” especially of the two I’ve called home, Texas and Florida.

The capsule features seven styles with, wait for it, coordinating styles for girls. All you mamas out there, how precious is this for matching with your littles!

I’m loving this fluttery maxi dress, perfect for dressing up with wedges and earrings or throwing on over a swimsuit to wear to the pool. You’ll find try on of this beauty and of a second style of the Lilly State of Mind capsule in my Instagram Story today, so be sure to head there after this post!

Leave it to Lilly Pulitzer for always finding a reason to celebrate. This time, the iconic brand is celebrating you! I have a feeling this print is going to be one that stands the test of time, don’t you?

Check out the entire collection here!

Love from the Sunshine State,

Kate

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