a perfect pop of gold

Today I wanted to share a fun look I photographed at the Four Seasons Orlando (one of my favorite resorts) last week. You may just notice a certain special pair of earrings in this pastel spring look!

Like I said in my Instagram post this morning, I want to give a huge thank you, thank you, thank you for all of the excitement and support surrounding yesterday’s launch of my Accessory Junkie collection! It’s always a bit nervewracking to share a project like this, and your kind messages, orders and comments have truly meant the world. Thank you!

Today I wanted to share a fun look I photographed at the Four Seasons Orlando (one of my favorite resorts) last week. You may just notice a certain special pair of earrings in this pastel spring look!

 

gold statement earrings
gold statement earrings
gold statement earrings

EARRINGS // JEANS // SANDALS (similar less expensive here) // BAG (not available)

As much as I love vibrant hues, gold is my very favorite color to accessorize with. There is nothing more timeless, nothing more versatile, and arguably nothing more classic than a perfect gold accessory! The perfect gold accessory can be worn with any ensemble, no matter how colorful or neutral, and looks flawless year-round. And those are just a few reasons why I had to include the Haven Earring in my collection!

What first drew me to this gorgeous earring was the shape. Y’all know I spend lots of time scouring the web for fabulous finds, and had never come across such an eye-catching yet sophisticated silhouette. It really is amazing from every angle.

And not only that… I think the Haven earring is the perfect size! Bold enough to add “oomph” to any and every outfit, but small enough to do so elegantly. Rather than taking over an entire look, you’ll find that the Haven compliments and elevates it beautifully.

The fact that this earring is hand-crocheted with 18K gold plated thread means this is a piece that will not only go perfectly with every color in your closet, but that will last and age beautifully. It’s my go-to this spring and summer… and I have a feeling year-round!

I paired the Havens with one of my favorite pink blouses from Texas-based brand Noble 31. (You can’t see it in these photos, but the back is the best part!) Can’t wait to dress them up soon!

Love from the Sunshine State,

Kate

today is the day

Today is the day, friends! At 11am CST / 12am PST, my limited collection with The Accessory Junkie is live!

Today is the day, friends! At 11am CST / 12am PST, my limited collection with The Accessory Junkie is live!

Over the past two days, I have been sharing sneak peeks at some of the beautiful pieces in this collection (as well as a bit more about the talented designers behind them) over on Instagram Stories. I just created a highlight that you can check out here to see what I’ve shared thus far!

One of the components of this collection that I’m so excited about is the glamorous assortment of pearl pieces. Y’all know how much I love and how often I wear pearls, so needless to say I’m excited to bring this timeless and elegant accessory to you in a really fun, fresh way!

pearl hoop earrings, dainty pearl necklace, pearl cocktail ring, kate bowman accessory junkie collection
pearl hoop earrings, dainty pearl necklace, pearl cocktail ring, kate bowman accessory junkie collection, mi golondrina dress
pearl hoop earrings, dainty pearl necklace, pearl cocktail ring, kate bowman accessory junkie collection, mi golondrina dress
pearl hoop earrings, dainty pearl necklace, pearl cocktail ring, kate bowman accessory junkie collection, mi golondrina dress
pearl hoop earrings, dainty pearl necklace, pearl cocktail ring, kate bowman accessory junkie collection, mi golondrina dress
pearl hoop earrings, dainty pearl necklace, pearl cocktail ring, kate bowman accessory junkie collection, mi golondrina dress

 

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the helen necklace // the allegra earrrings // the coco ring // the rumer ring

embroidered maxi dress // wedges (similar linked) // hat

The artist who created these beautiful pieces actually studied with the Van Cleef team in Beverly Hills before moving back to Mexico City to start his own business. Each pieces is 22K gold plated with white cultured pearls. The quality is stunning, and I’m so excited for you to see them in person!

The Helen Necklace is one of my personal favorites. I love dainty, delicate necklaces that can be worn every day, and this lovely strand is just that. Plus, the price point is just under $100… which, given the handmade quality, I’m really happy about. It would make a beautiful gift!

Then we have the Allegra earrings, which are just so fabulous. I absolutely love a good hoop, and I’ve already spoken about my love for pearls. This set of earrings combines the two in the most elegant fashion. I also wanted to point out that they are not nearly as heavy as you might think! I can wear them comfortably for hours.

And finally… the two cocktail rings! Both the Coco and the Rumer are just so fun and, if I may say so myself, “extra.” The perfect way to spice up an ensemble and really create an eye-catching moment!

I love that these four pearl pieces that will go live with my collection today are completely timeless. It’s true what they say… pearls never go out of style! On top of that, I just have to emphasize again how stunning the quality is. Like I said in my stories last night, these are not just accessories, they are truly pieces of jewelry.

I can’t wait for you to shop my Accessory Junkie collection at 11am CST today!

Love from the Sunshine State,

Kate

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j.crew new arrivals // 4 looks i’m loving

I’ve said it once, I’ll say it again: There is NOTHING like a J.Crew new arrival day! My inbox was graced with a subject line reading “New drop: the May collection” and I knew I was in for a treat.

I’ve said it once, I’ll say it again: There is NOTHING like a J.Crew new arrival day! My inbox was graced with a subject line reading “New drop: the May collection” and I knew I was in for a treat.

I’ve spent the morning scouring through the new arrivals and, as suspected, they are fabulous. Below, you’ll find four looks I’m loving from the new collection. I hope you enjoy!

 

look no. 1

 

j.crew new arrivals may 2021

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look no. 2

 

j.crew new arrivals may 2021

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look no. 3

 

j.crew new arrivals may 2021

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look no. 4

 

j.crew new arrivals may 2021

one // two // three // four // five // six // seven

Don’t forget… my collection with The Accessory Junkie launches tomorrow morning at 11 CST / 12 EST! Be sure to check out my Instagram Stories for a preview at some of the pieces, and don’t forget to submit your email on this page for a free shipping code! I absolutely cannot wait to share it with y’all!

Love from the Sunshine State,

Kate

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something exciting launching this wednesday!

In the midst of all the mayhem, I have something incredibly exciting to share with you… I have been working on curating an exclusive collection with The Accessory Junkie, and it launches this Wednesday!

After a year of things being excessively low-key, the past few weeks have felt like a whirlwind. A fun change-of-pace, to be sure, but let’s just say I’ve forgotten what it’s like to be go-go-go!

After a quick work trip to Orlando, a wonderful birthday week (thank y’all for the kind messages!), and a little getaway with Andrew to Seaside, FL, I am back home with a to-do list a mile long… not to mention countless loads of laundry!

In the midst of all the mayhem, I have something incredibly exciting to share with you… I have been working on curating an exclusive collection with The Accessory Junkie, and it launches this Wednesday!

the accessory junkie kate bowman collection
the accessory junkie kate bowman collection
the accessory junkie kate bowman collection
the accessory junkie kate bowman collection

 

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the kate earring // the muse necklace // the coco ring

chartreuse high-neck dress (new color linked) // gold shoes

 

If you’re not familiar with The Accessory Junkie, let me introduce you! The Accessory Junkie sources designs from artisans all over the world… every piece is handmade and a beautiful reflection of the talented designers behind them.

I have had the privilege of partnering with The Accessory Junkie to curate my own collection of pieces from around the world that fit right into my love of classic style with a fun twist, and I think you’re going to love them.! I’m so excited to showcase twelve handmade items that will be exclusively available for purchase for just a few days: April 21-27!

Perhaps my favorite part of this collaboration is that each artist is highlighted and celebrated. Be sure to read the “About the Designer” tab to the right of each product page to learn more about the amazing creators behind each design!

Take the Kate earring, for example. (These were the earrings I wore to my birthday dinner and have been wearing non-stop ever since!) The designer is currently studying Public Health with ambitions to help eliminate healthcare disparities around the world. She fell in love with sculpting her last year of high school, and creates these beautiful ceramic flower earrings by hand in her home near Portland, Oregon while continuing her studies. Pretty incredible, right?!

Starting today, I’ll be sharing a few previews over on my Instagram Stories and will be sharing my favorites from the collection all week long! Pro Tip: you can secure free shipping by clicking this link and scrolling down until you see the “unlock free shipping” bar. Simply enter your email and you’ll receive the code!

I have had a wonderful time putting together a collection that I hope makes you feel extra elegant, extra glamorous, and extra romantic after a year that may not have felt that way. Think floral details, pearl accents, classic elements, and lots of fun. I can’t wait for you to see more!

In the meantime, you can preview the pieces and learn more about the collection here.

Love from the Sunshine State,

Kate

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shopbop sale 2021 // my favorites

Hello, hello friends! It’s been longer than I’d like since I managed to bring you a new post here on Lonestar Southern. Between a work trip to Orlando (so excited to share more soon!) and my birthday yesterday, things have been a bit crazy! As you probably know by now,…

Hello, hello friends! It’s been longer than I’d like since I managed to bring you a new post here on Lonestar Southern. Between a work trip to Orlando (so excited to share more soon!) and my birthday yesterday, things have been a bit crazy!

As you probably know by now, the sale I look forward to every year is here… the site-wide Shopbop sale! Using the code STYLE will get you 15% off orders of $200+, 20% off orders of $500+ and 25% off orders of $800+. (Keep in mind, not everything is included in the sale. Look for “Style Event” under a product to see if it’s included!)

Shopbop is one of my favorite online retailers because they carry such a gorgeous array of high-quality, beautiful pieces. The price tag is usually pretty high (or at least higher than I typically shop) so I love taking advantage for a few beautiful, splurge-worthy pieces I’d otherwise pass on. (Like the shoes I wore for my rehearsal dinner, for example!)

Things have already started to sell out like crazy, but I’ve put together a few of my sale favorites below. Everything is linked under the collage!

 

shopbop sale favorites

 

1. white cover up // 2. pink gingham crop top // 3. pink smocked skirt // 4. pink dress // 5. green patterned dress // 6. blue and white dress (also here and here) // 7. gold loeffler randall shoes (couldn’t recommend more! fit true to size) // 8. neutral hat // 9. gold ankle strap espadrille wedges // 10. straw bag // 11. pink lele sadoughi headband // 12. cork lele sadoughi headband // 13. raffia tote bag // 14. lilac halter dress // 15. blue and white maxi dress // 16. pink belted midi dress // 17. orange patterned maxi // 18. white smocked ruffle dress

Even though they’re a splurge, I am so excited about these gold wedges! I have been on the lookout for a perfect pair of gold wedges for years (literally) after my college roommate had a gorgeous pair. They go with everything and elongate your leg. Stuart Weitzman makes such high quality shoes that I know they’ll last me years!

I also was able to grab this Juliet Dunn dress before it sold out. It is amazing, but I’m trying to decide if I should keep it. It’s just so expensive. Just a little tip: the style of this dress comes in a huge variety of colors and each are priced differently. This color, for example, is under $250!

As always, I’d love to hear if anything caught your eye! And if shopping isn’t something you’re able to do right now, I always want to say again and again that is none of this is needed. If anything, hopefully this inspires you to pull out your spring wardrobe and get excited for the months ahead!

Love from the Sunshine State,

Kate

one sweater four ways

Today, I thought I would bring you a bit of inspiration surrounding one of my favorite closet staples… a navy and white striped sweater. I bought this one from J.Crew a couple of months ago, and have already worn it so many times. It’s truly a classic that I know I’ll get so much use out of!

Earlier this week, I took to Instagram Stories to ask y’all a few questions about Reels! It’s no secret that I’ve been having so much fun making these recently, and I wanted to get a feel for what you most enjoy when it comes to these short, snappy videos.

Turns out, requests were all over the board! Many of y’all are loving budget-friendly roundups (like Target and Zara) while others would love to see more small designers. There were lots of asks for more horsey reels (yay!) and wedding guest dress ideas, too.

But one request I got over and over again? Styling one piece multiple ways! Love that!

So today, I thought I would bring you a bit of inspiration surrounding one of my favorite closet staples… a navy and white striped sweater. I bought this one from J.Crew a couple of months ago, and have already worn it so many times. It’s truly a classic that I know I’ll get so much use out of!

(For sizing reference, I’m usually an XS but sized up one size to a S for a slightly more relaxed fit.)

Now, the great thing about these looks are you can make them work with any sweater… striped or not! So without further ado, I hope you enjoy this mew reel I’ll be posting to Instagram today.

 

one sweater

four ways

 

 

outfit details

 

look one

SWEATER navy and white striped sweater (went up one size to a small) | JEANS white high waisted crop flare jeans | BAG woven bag | FLATS tan chanel flats (similar linked) | BELT tan belt (old, similar linked) | SUNGLASSES tan tortoise sunglasses (old miu miu)

look two

SWEATER navy and white striped sweater (went up one size to a small) | HAT wide brim ibiza hat | SHORTS curve love mom shorts (full review here) | BAG monogrammed jute tote | SUNGLASSES black oversized sunnies | SHOES cap toe espadrilles

look three

SWEATER navy and white striped sweater (went up one size to a small) | DRESS white dress (such amazing quality, just $30) | HEADBAND white lele sadoughi headband (I wear it all the time) | EARRINGS gold floral earrings | SHOES gold loeffler randall shoes

P.S. To wear a sweater over a dress, add a belt around the dress. Then, tuck the front of your sweater over and under front part of your belt.

look four

SWEATER navy and white striped sweater (went up one size to a small) | JACKET jean jacket | JEANS high waisted skinny jeans | HEADBAND white lele sadoughi headband | SHOES platform superga sneakers | BAG tan handbag | SUNGLASSES rayban sunnies

I hope y’all enjoy this new video! As always, I’m all-ears to what you’d like to see next.

Love from the Sunshine State,

Kate

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