Gone Western//Free People’s Garden Party Maxi Dress

The hubs and I went to Tucson in November and I wore this outfit – I love a good theme when getting dressed! We drove so much that day that we just didn’t have it in us to do a photo shoot, but I got so many compliments on this look that I had to recreate it for the blog.

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This dress (on sale through multiple ebay sellers in various colors – you can also get the black version here) is so nice, it works just as well in the spring as it does in the colder months. Well, in a temperate climate like San Diego at least. The top can be a little tricky if you’re busty because the sides are so open, but you can remedy this by either tying the straps tighter/higher, wearing an adhesive bra (this one has great reviews), or wearing a bralette (my fav) underneath. I’ve also worn it without a bra and it worked surprisingly well! Do you ever go braless? It’s oddly freeing!

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For this outfit I threw on my go-to denim jacket, which I still love after 3+ years. Kut from the Kloth makes the BEST denim jackets. Here are some additional versions by this brand: plus size, lighter washblack, and white. I want the black one next!

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This dress also looks fab layered under a slouchy/oversized sweater. I love getting more milage out of my dresses by turning a dress into what looks like a skirt. It hasn’t really gotten cold enough for that yet, but it’s coming! When it does this is what I’ll pair it with. It would also look good with this ivory turtleneck.

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I am so into hats lately. They can change up the feel of an outfit so easily and they’re the perfect “completer piece.” I bought this hat on a whim after seeing it was on sale and reading the stellar reviews and I’m glad I did. It’s more western than I normally go for, but it’s fun to try new things. It’s also super packable as it’s “crushable.” The Nordies website made the “khaki” seem more of a grey color, but it was more green than I expected IRL. Here it looks brown somehow. *shrug*

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Doesn’t it have a totally different feel without the hat?

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When I first started wearing hats it felt a little weird, but I’ve found that trying anything new feels a little weird at first. Hats can be super practical – think of how many generations relied on hats before the advent of sunglasses. Now I almost feel like something’s missing if I don’t have some head adornment! Blogger problems…

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I love a dress that moves when I walk and this one is great for that. It makes a girl want to sashay a bit 😉

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Thanks so much for visiting! XO, Kate

Photo credit: Leo Amar

Every Girl Needs a White Sundress

Do you have a white summer dress in your closet? It’s a must have for every woman, if you ask me. I’ve had this dress for years – I can’t even recall when I got it, but I know it’s been at least 5 years and I still reach for it when the temperatures rise. This one is from Anthropologie, from the brand Maeve (love this brand!), and no longer available, but you can almost always find a good white sundresses at any price point. Woo hoo!

This one is adorable and affordable – it would be my top pick if I were in the market. I also love this white maxi (also available in navy). This one is a super cute option for ladies who wear size 14-24 and this one has a breezy boho feel to it.

One of the nice things about a white dress is that you can easily personalize it/dress it up and down with accessories. A jean jacket (Levi’s makes a great classic one) is the perfect extra layer for those indoor spaces with air conditioning, but you could also throw an oversized sweater, a cropped cardi (so many colors to choose from!), or a bolero on top.

This one from Kut From the Kloth is the perfect jean jacket IMO. They offer it in darker and lighter washes and in white (all available in regular and petite). Here’s the plus size version and the white plus version  – it’s SO stylish and it’s on sale! I might have to snag the white version one of these days.

These sandals are an older purchase, but I found these (available in so many colors and sizes and sooo cute!), these (love the block heel), and these options online. You can’t go wrong with the cognac brown/white combo!

This is a vintage Coach purse (so fancy, I know! Haha) that I snagged from Poshmark, but I spotted this similar crossbody bag from the Gap and this Sole Society saddlebag – both of which are very affordable!

What’s your go-to outfit when it gets hot?

Thanks for much for stopping by! Love, Kate

Photo Credit: Leo Amar

Leith Midi Tank Dress

This is such a great dress. It’s a nice weight, it can be causal or kinda fancy, and I never have to worry about bending over and showing too much! Plus the price is not bad at all and it’s available in 3 colors, including white. I got it in a L, because a M wasn’t available, but a M would have also worked (and sizing down provides a little less length).

I wore this dress more casually over the weekend with my go-to Kut from the Cloth denim jacket. I also like this one. But I also really like how it looks with heels and a leather/suede jacket too. It’s best for someone at least 5’6 IMO (I’m 5’7) due to the length and it needs at least a little heel or it can look a little dowdy/disproportionate.

I actually wore this outfit strictly to be able to wear these shoes lol. I used to be against booties with an open toe – because really, they don’t make a toon of sense practically speaking – but I changed my mind when I saw these. They are shockingly comfy and really cheap (well under $50)! I was stoked to finally wear them.

If you’ve read any of my other posts you have probably noticed that I use this bag (more colors here, currently on sale!) A LOT. I feel that you only need to own a few bags (a satchel, tote, clutch, and a crossbody) so I try to buy quality pieces in classic colors that really speak to me and take care of them. The cheap purses I’ve bought in the past just tend to languish in my closet.

I’m a recent heels convert. I used to stick to flats, but I’ve found that a little heel can actually be more comfortable and I don’t seem to get blisters like I used to with my flats. Go figure. Plus, you can’t deny they are more flattering!

I can handle anything under 4″, but anything higher I just won’t wear as they hurt! What about you? How high is too high? Or is there no such thing in your mind? I’d love to hear from you in the comments 🙂

See ya again soon (hopefully)!

Photo credit: the awesome Sarah Jordan

Going Girly in Free People

Hi all! I hope your week is off to a great start!

This past weekend’s weather was really nice, even by San Diego standards, so I jumped at the chance to wear one of my very favorite dresses – and of course it’s by Free People. Free People’s clothes aren’t always right for my body type or budget, but occasionally I’ll find something amazing that I just can’t live without. Like the dress below:

It feels like the silkiest, flowiest pajamas you can imagine and I just want to twirl and twirl every time I put it on. I bought it soo long ago and it’s still a favorite. It was originally over $200 (gasp!), but I was lucky and snatched it up from Nordstrom when it went on sale. Score!

I actually found the same dress in a small for only $45 (or least a super duper similar version) at Poshmark. If it was available in a medium I would have snapped it up. I guess I should be thankful it wasn’t available in my size since I’m not shopping right now though…

When I bought this dress I thought that the high low trend would be over relatively quickly but I’m so glad it’s still going strong! I found the following dresses (one, two) online today and while they aren’t an exact match, I felt like they had a similar vibe.

I paired it with my go-to denim jacket by Kut from the Kloth. It’s cropped, but I have a short waist so it hits lower on my 5’7 frame than it does on the model. It’s 2% spandex so it is extremely comfortable. I used to have a Gap jean jacket that looked great, but it didn’t have any give so I found I didn’t wear it a lot. Def not the case with this one!

My Charles David wedges are actually the only shoes I can wear with this dress as it’s so long, so I’m glad they go together so well. I still hesitate to buy expensive shoes (they were originally $149 but I got them for $49 thanks to Nordies price adjustment – woot!), but man have these wedges held up. I’ve worn them countless times and they still look great.

I’ve noticed that the higher quality makes (some, not all) more expensive shoes and accessories well worth a little extra money. Cost per wear is important! Here’s an option that’s really similar.

My Steve Madden purse is old and no longer available online, but if I were in the market for something similar I’d probably buy this one (it’s currently on sale!). I love the versatility of a bag that comes with shorter handles and a cross body strap.

I don’t know if you can tell, but the patten is actually little birds touching noses. I actually only noticed this when someone pointed it out to me! Silly Kate…

Do you have a favorite dress that you wouldn’t get rid of for anything? If so, I’d love to hear about it.

Have a great one!

Photo credit: Sarah Jordan