wedding wednesday no. 11 // honeymoon vibes

Andrew is keeping the actual location of our honeymoon a secret, which I think is so fun. (He’s a big-time planner and I’m pretty spontaneous, so he loves planning surprises and I don’t hate it! :) The one hint he has given me, though, is that we’re headed somewhere with a beach. That’s all I’ve needed to begin the honeymoon attire hunt!

Now, now… you didn’t think I had forgotten about Wedding Wednesday, did you?! My favorite post of the week is back, and today I’m sharing something a little different! Cute honeymoon clothing inspiration!

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I know it sounds absurd, but now that the holidays are behind us, June feels so much closer! After taking a few weeks “off” from planning during the holidays, we’ve kicked things back into high gear, and so when things start feeling overwhelming, I find myself thinking about the “light” at the end of the tunnel… the honeymoon!

Now, let me clarify. The light and tunnel analogy doesn’t really apply to wedding planning. The whole thing is fun after all! But it’s so nice to think past the day itself, and that, coupled with the fact that I’m already itching for spring, has me dreaming all things tropical!

Andrew is keeping the actual location of our honeymoon a secret, which I think is so fun. (He’s a big-time planner and I’m pretty spontaneous, so he loves planning surprises and I don’t hate it! :) The one hint he has given me, though, is that we’re headed somewhere with a beach. That’s all I’ve needed to begin the honeymoon attire hunt!

I’ve spent the past few days looking at all of the new swim/dress/sandal/sunglasses arrivals and y’all… things are shaping up to be a gorgeous spring. There are already so many pieces I have my eye on! I can’t get this colorful bikini out of my head. Don’t you love how happy it is? And I am goo-goo eyes over this dress. I own a similar one in orange that I wore for Thanksgiving. It’s such a unique and flattering cut! Here are a few other summery pieces I’m loving…

I haven’t pulled the trigger on anything yet, but am saving my very favorites to a folder and am waiting for them to go on sale. (Shopbop usually has an amazing site-wide sale in March/April.) I’d love to be all packed and ready for the honeymoon a month before the wedding just so I don’t have to think about it during crunch time!

So whether you have an upcoming honeymoon of your own, or are headed somewhere sunny for spring break, I hope you enjoy these major honeymoon vibes! :)

If you have been on your honeymoon, I’d love love love any tips on what to pack! Especially for traveling to somewhere beachy.

Love from Texas,

Kate

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an elegant winter neutral

While I haven’t quite yet, I have a tendency to grow tired of sweaters as winter wanes and spring gets closer. What can I say, I’ve always been one to prefer dresses and skirts over bundling up!

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TOP   off the shoulder sweater poncho (wearing size S/M, runs large)   |   JEANS   black jeans (exact style sold out, similar linked)   |   BOOTS   black heeled boots (similar here)   |   EARRINGS   feather earrings

While I haven’t quite yet, I have a tendency to grow tired of sweaters as winter wanes and spring gets closer. What can I say, I’ve always been one to prefer dresses and skirts over bundling up!

That’s why I love any piece that gives us a winter-appropriate look in a new, unique way. This elegant, grey beauty does that beautifully, and best yet, at a price that doesn’t break the bank. Did I mention that it’s just $35?

The off-the-shoulder neckline and blousy, oversized bottom make this top so fresh. I loved wearing it with heeled boots and some fun feathered earrings for dinner with my mama in Vail! I also think this would look darling paired with jeans and cowboy boots for a cute ranch-look.

One thing to note is that there isn’t an interior lining, so you may want to wear a tube top underneath. (This is a great one if you don’t have one already!)

Love from Texas,

Kate

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2019 Lilly Pulitzer After Party Sale // what i bought

Good morning! The Lilly Pulitzer After Party Sale is LIVE! Click here to shop it. Day 2 I cheked the website to see about the new items that were to be added to the sale today! Turns out, it’s not a huge amount by any means. Probably 15 pieces or…

Good morning! The Lilly Pulitzer After Party Sale is LIVE! Click here to shop it.

Day 2

I cheked the website to see about the new items that were to be added to the sale today! Turns out, it’s not a huge amount by any means. Probably 15 pieces or less?

There are lots of activewear pieces included, and my favorite, gorgeous sweaters! Here are the two I fell in love iwth:

I’ll be checking the site the remainder of the day to see if anything else hits the sale! In the meantime, I’m double checking yesterday’s items to make sure I grabbed everything I wanted. If you missed it, you can see my faves from the sale below!

Happy shopping!

Day 1

As always, the selection blew me away this year! Here’s a walk-through of my morning. Can’t wait to show you what I bought! :)

6:41 AM

Ugh. Alarm goes off… to “Jingle Bells” by Michael Buble no less. I snooze a few times and drag myself out of bed. I figure I’ll get in the virtual line, then make a cup of coffee while I wait. Life is all about incentives, right?

7:00

I pull up my seconds clock, and once 7am hits have to refresh a few times before getting a spot in line. 8320 in line! Only a 12 minute wait! By far the shortest number I’ve ever gotten. There goes my leisurely morning before getting into the sale!

7:05 AM

I’m in! Time to after party sale!

8:11 AM

I’ve officially shopped the entire sale! I made an order (eek! so excited!) and rounded up all of my very favorites. There was one item that sold out before I could check out. Bummer! See my purchases from today, and my favorite sale finds, below!

What I Purchased

When I shopped the sale in-store this past weekend, I bought this tassel sweater in grey and this pink sweater! I also tried on this shift and this black dress but didn’t pull the trigger.

This year, I was especially selective online. There were so many adorable pieces, but I focused on those that I could take on my honeymoon as well as items I’d keep in my closet for years!

This romper is the one piece I had in my cart, but sold out before I could check out. I’m obsessed with the cut out detail on the side!

I am thrilled that I managed to score this Gwyneth Dress at such a steal. I’ve had my eye on it since it was released last spring, and have been hoping it would be included in the sale! Check out the adorable detailing on the back. This is probably the piece I’m most excited about!

Another piece I had my eye on and was so excited to catch on sale? This polka dot top. I don’t love how it’s styled on the model, but tucked into white jeans with a pair of navy statement earrings, it looks fab. I plan on wearing this all summer long!

I also bought this adorable white blouse, as I can see it easily being one of my staple’s this summer. The eyelet fabric, pom pom trim, classic cut… perfection! Can’t wait to style with everything from denim shorts to white jeans!

The last two pieces, this swimsuit and this dress, I bought for my honeymoon! I really was hoping to get a swimsuit, and am thrilled this one was included. And how fun and vibrant are the colors in this dress? I have a gorgeous pair of pink statement earrings I’m going to wear it with!

Other Sale Favorites

While I kept myself to 5 pieces today, there are so many other adorable items in the Lilly Pulitzer after party sale this year! I’m so excited that tomorrow, new releases to the sale will hit the site. So be sure to check back again to see my faves!

Here are a few of my very favorites:

I always love y’alls thoughts about the sale! Did you have to wait long in line? How was the  selection? What did you get?! I’m dying to know!

Love from Texas,

Kate

 

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VLOG // 2019 lilly pulitzer after party sale

Big news, y’all… you may have heard that the 2019 Lilly Pulitzer After Party Sale goes live online TOMORROW MORNING! Click HERE for all the details.

Big news, y’all… you may have heard that the 2019 Lilly Pulitzer After Party Sale goes live online tomorrow morning! Click HERE for all the details, and be sure to bookmark THIS PAGE so you can head right to the sale tomorrow!

You’ll want to set your alarm early tomorrow, as the fun begins at 7AM CST and we all know how quickly things sell out! I will say… this year, I’m especially excited as I have a honeymoon to shop for. My eyes are peeled for all things resort-wear!

For the first time ever, I went to shop the “early access” in-store. Since I’ve only ever shopped the sale online, I was curious what it would be like to not wait in a virtual line in my pajamas, for once. (Does anyone else do this?!) I will say, while the store was definitely crowded with lots of shoppers, I was pretty underwhelmed by the selection. I’m used to the hundreds of items you find on sale online, so having a smaller pool to pick from wasn’t quite as frenzy-inducing!

It was nice to be able to actually try the items on, though, since purchases are final sale. I found a few super-cute sweaters, but am waiting to see all of the dress options tomorrow before I pull the trigger! But if you’re curious, check out the rough, mini-vlog I filmed about the experience above!

Over the years, I’ve found that each sale gets bigger and better. I’m hoping that’s true of this one, too! I’ve also found that some items show up year after year… so, if you want to get a game plan for your purchases, check out this try-on haul I did of the last sale! (You’ll find photos and sizing information in this blog post.)

Like I said, I am waiting until tomorrow morning to do the “heavy-lifting” of my shopping. Check back early tomorrow to see all of my favorites, and what I end up buying!

If you have any questions about the sale, the best place to head to is HERE. Two things to keep in mind: purchases are final sale, and new items will be added to the sale on Tuesday morning!

Who’s excited?!

Love from Texas,

Kate

P.S. Lilly Pulitzer has the cutest winter pieces this season! Check out some of my favorites below:

Anyone else dying over those chic black pieces?

 

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latest & greatest vol. 72

One area in particular that I’ve kickstarted this week (along with 90% of everyone else, I’d guess) is getting back to healthy eating and working out! Anyone else? I took a blissful two weeks of resting and eating every Christmas goodie in sight, and now am excited to jump back on the healthy bandwagon this year.

First Friday of 2019, I’ll cheers to that! Whether you’re back to work or still in vacay mode, I hope this week has been treating you well. There’s something about a “new start” that never gets old to me, and I’ve loved getting back into the swing of things around here!

One area in particular that I’ve kickstarted this week (along with 90% of everyone else, I’d guess) is getting back to healthy eating and working out! Anyone else? I took a blissful two weeks of resting and eating every Christmas goodie in sight, and now am excited to jump back on the healthy bandwagon this year.

I’m doing things a little differently in 2019, as I have a wedding to prepare for! I’ve always been pretty good about eating in moderation and working out when I felt like it, but I’m aiming to be much more disciplined these next five months.

This week, I’ve spent lots of time researching new workouts, recipes and health-related items to kick-start this mindset, and I thought it would be fun to share those with you today! I have to tell y’all about the obé app… I saw it on an Instagram ad and was immediately hooked! The classes are so upbeat and fun, and they are live streamed. Definitely something worth looking into if you’re wanting a new exercise outlet! Out of curiosity, do any of y’all use it?? I’m new, but have loved it so far!

Before signing off, I want to stop and just say how incredibly thankful I am for all of the words of encouragement and fabulous recommendations I received surrounding Wednesday’s announcement! Y’all truly blew me away. I’ve been recording each and every recommendation into an excel spreadsheet – haha! So truly, thank you so much for your excitement around this upcoming new season!

Wishing you all a wonderful weekend as we settle into 2019. I can’t wait to be back on Monday with regular programming after my two weeks spent mostly “unplugged!” So thankful for y’all!

Love from Texas

Kate

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wedding wednesday no. 10 // we’re moving!

In my last blog post of 2018, I hinted at a huge update I’d be sharing in today’s Wedding Wednesday post. Today, I’m giddy to share all of the details with you!

Good morning y’all, and happy new year! After signing off to enjoy Christmas and New Years with family and loved ones, I’m thrilled to be back. I hate taking time away from this place, but always feel so refreshed and inspired after I do! Needless to say, I think 2019 is going to be an especially fun one here at Lonestar Southern, and I can’t wait to bring you along!

In my last blog post of 2018, I hinted at a huge update I’d be sharing in today’s Wedding Wednesday post. I am giddy to tell y’all that…

Andrew and I will be making Gainesville, Florida our new home this July!

That’s right, we’re moving y’all! I have been dying to share this update with you for months now, and it feels amazing and so “real” to finally get it out in the open. Let’s dive into some of the questions you may be having about this news, shall we?

Why are y’all moving to Gainesville, Florida?

This past spring, Andrew matched into the ophthalmology residency at the University of Florida. You may remember seeing this Instagram from last March, which is where we actually when we found out he had matched into the program! He starts in July, so we are going to have a whirlwind month of getting married, honeymooning and then moving to Florida all back to back. I can’t wait!

What’s the deal with this whole residency thing?

Not having any family in the medical field, I was pretty clueless about how the whole medical school/residency thing worked (hence why I started watching Grey’s Anatomy, true story) and so if you’re feeling the same way, here’s a quick run down to get you up to speed. (Forgive me if you already know all of this!)

During medical school, students decide on a “specialty” to go into after graduation. For example, some might choose family medicine, some might choose general surgery, some might choose dermatology, etc.

Once graduating medical school, the next step is usually a “residency,” which is basically four more years of training in said specialty. In order to get into a residency program, med school students apply to programs all over the country during their fourth year of school, interview at those they hear back from, and then “rank” all of the places they interviewed at.. The hospitals, on the other hand, are all ranking their interviewees, too!

Then, a couple of months before graduation, the medical school holds what feels like a party where all of the students find out if they matched, and where to! The med school students are called to the stage and handed an envelope with the hospital they matched to inside. They then open the envelope at the mic and announce where they matched to! I kid you not… it felt like sorority rush… but for real life.

So, we’ll be moving for Andrew’s residency! After that, there’s the potential for a year-long fellowship which could be literally anywhere, and after that… who knows!

How long will y’all live in Gainesville, Florida?

Like I said above, residency programs typically last four years. Andrew’s specialty, however, is a little bit different. Instead of four years straight, ophthalmology residents complete a one year intern/transitional year before moving into a three year ophthalmology residency. He’s currently in his intern year in Ft. Worth, Texas right now, which he’ll finish before the wedding. Then, we’ll move to Gainesville in July for the three year residency program!

Where are y’all going to live?

Good question. We don’t know yet! We’d love to buy a house (the Zillow app has become my new favorite thing, haha!) and are planning on making moves in that direction this spring. So if you have any recommendations for neighborhoods or amazing realtors, we’re all ears!

What does this mean for Lonestar Southern?

I’ve had a few friends joke about a name change… after all, I won’t be in the Lonestar State for the next few years! :) But in all seriousness, it really doesn’t change anything! I feel so, so thankful that the Lord blessed me with a job I can do from literally anywhere, and I plan on doing exactly what I’m doing now when we get to Florida. So fret not, Lonestar Southern isn’t going anywhere!

In fact, I’m especially excited to bring y’all along on this huge life change journey with me! From getting married to moving to a brand new city to furnishing a new home and everything in between, this is going to be a brand new season, and I can’t wait to bring you along for all of it! There’s going to be a lot of new around here, and I think that’s going to make for some especially fun content.

Be honest… are you excited?

I. Love. Change.

I know that’s not the norm, but truly… I love any sort of change, big or small! So when it comes to this new adventure, I am truly thrilled!

For one thing, I have lived in Texas my entire life. I grew up in Dallas, moved to Austin for school, and then came right back. Y’all know how much I love it here, and Andrew and I would absolutely love to potentially move back one day! But starting a brand new life in a brand new city is an experience I haven’t had the opportunity to embark on as of yet. I think it’s so transformative and growing to get out of your comfort zone and dive into a new community, and I am so excited for the chance to do that with Andrew!

Another thing I’m looking forward to? Forming the foundation of our newly-wed years in a brand new place, just us two! Andrew and I are both incredibly close with our families, which I am so grateful for. In fact, our parents actually live just a few blocks away from each other. And as wonderful and easy as it would be to stay close by, I think it is going to be really healthy for us and for our marriage to start off a bit more “on our own.” To learn to rely on the Lord and on each other before anyone else as we figure out this new experience. To learn how to live together, make friends together, find a church family together, navigate residency together, and so much more!

Of course there will be so much about Dallas that I’ll miss. My family and friends, for one. My precious bible study of high school girls. My favorite restaurants. The shopping. Soulcycle. Ranch weekends. All of the little things that have made Dallas feel like home nearly my entire life.

But I have found so much peace, joy, true excitement and utter contentment in knowing that this is where the Lord has placed Andrew and I for the next three years. I am so excited to watch Him use this time to grow our love for Him and one another! We prayed so much about this before Andrew matched, and so the moment he announced “University of Florida, Gainesville” on match day, I was ready to run full speed ahead.

So here we go!

I will be traveling back to Dallas pretty often for work (thank you American Airlines for starting a direct flight from Dallas to Gainsville this March!) and still have almost half a year here in Dallas, so it’s no where close to a “see ya never” sort of thing. But it IS going to be a huge move, and one I would absolutely love your help with! No matter where you live, we would love your prayers. But if you live or have lived in Gainesville, I would love any and all recommendations!

From favorite restaurants to realtors to churches to neighborhoods (we’re looking for a house!) to weekend getaway spots and everything in between, Andrew and I would LOVE to hear your favorites! If you wouldn’t mind leaving a comment on this blog post so I can keep all of the recommendations in one place, that would be amazing. And feel free to pass along to any Gainesville friends of yours!

So, friends, there you have it! New year, new last name, new city… I think 2019 is going to be my favorite yet. I can’t wait to experience it all with a brand new husband, and with all of  you!

Love from Texas,

Kate