Weekend in The Woodlands


[image via: Cosmopolitan UK]

I will be the first to admit that there is such a fine line between creating great content and creating a great website.

For me, I think a great blog means I am able to cultivate that relationship with the writer, even though I’m just reading his or her words. Personally, I want to know the blogger and what they do in their time. It helps me to know, “Would that product work for my lifestyle as well?”

While thinking of how to bring more of that relationship into COF for 2016, I couldn’t help but want to review my weekends. I’m just as curious about a person’s weekend as I am about what is in their handbag. Which friends did they see? Did they try a new restaurant? Did they finish any laundry?! If so, can they come help me do my laundry?

Here we have our first Weekend in Review. I wanted my first one to be a girls’ weekend with Taylor and Casey! A few months ago Taylor and I went to visit Casey in Austin and I over Snapchatted our weekend. I got so many e-mails from readers asking what we did, how I packed and any recommendations I might have for a weekend with the girls.

I’m a total girls’ girl and need that time with my best friends to feel more myself. Friendship after college is hard. Some friends become wives. Some friends become mothers. Some friends move. Some friends become nocturnal with their work schedules. There is no secret recipe for staying in touch, but I do like to incorporate a few practices to let them know how much I love and need them in my life.

My favorite practice? A girls’ weekend.

Taylor and I live in the same city, but Casey moved to Austin for work. We didn’t want either girl to feel she had to host for the weekend and so we started to think of what city we wanted to stay in. The Woodlands is a pretty posh little playground and we knew we’d spend our time shopping, drinking Rosé and eating out. Taylor’s family lives in Houston, right outside The Woodlands, and after hearing her rave brag about the shops there for months I decided we’d head there!


Jacket: Nordstrom | Shorts: Nordstrom | Top: Riffraff [c/o] | Watch: Nordstrom [on sale!] | Shoes: Tory Burch [go down a half size]

Taylor had a work meeting in Houston early Friday morning, so Paul decided to drive me down. He wanted to play golf at The Woodlands Country Club. Girlfriends. Wives. Help me out here. How do men love a hobby that takes 6 hours?! I mean if my barre class goes to 55 minutes I’m eying the clock like, “I’ve got places to be! I’ve got things to do!” He loves to golf, so while I was wondering why he was so eager to drive me down, it all made sense later on.


Sunglasses: Karen Walker | Dress: Chicwish | Necklace: Baublebar [c/o] | Earrings: Tory Burch

We stayed at the Hyatt Market Street which is in the middle of their Market Street shopping center. We walked around for a bit [AKA I went into Kate Spade and bought three of these bracelets] and I met so many readers! Had I known so many of y’all were located there I would have done a meet up! This is Kelsey, a reader, and she was such a doll! And look at those red locks! I would say I am envious, but the Lord says to not covet. 🙁


Shoes: Similar

Y’all may have remembered after I lost all self control in Sephora a few weeks ago, that I grounded myself from buying beauty products for a month. There is this one shop called, Cos Bar, which is a luxury beauty store. I went in FOUR times. FOUR. I think they thought I was shoplifting. I’d pick something up and think, “But if I purchased, no one would know?” Felt a surge of guilt enough to knock me over. Walked back out.

I’m sad proud to say I got a gift for Casey, and nothing for myself.


Romper: Cooper & Ella [c/o] | Bag: Prada, Similar

Casey and Taylor got there after work and we all headed to get blowouts at Blo. We taught Taylor what Rosé flights were at Crú and had dinner at Jasper’s. Paul came along to dinner before heading back to Fort Worth. Get the salmon at Jasper’s! Casey and I split it, but it felt more like you were eating 5,000 calories. And if we are being honest, that’s the kind of salmon I like to eat.


Dress: Free People | Sunglasses: Le Specs | Shoes: Tory Burch

Day 2 started bright and early with a trip to Nordstrom. Paul is in a wedding that is in Mexico in a few weeks so I needed to get my act together and actually own one swimsuit. I’m in denial about warm weather coming and might have donated all of my other ones…Casey wanted my favorite lash serum and Taylor needed rompers. Casey and Taylor both wear scrubs for work so it was fun watching them pick clothes for the weekend and play dress up.

I snapped my dressing room and got lots of questions about the looks I shared. I rounded up my shopping bag for you below so you could peek!


I begged for restaurant suggestions before our trip [sorry!] because I wanted to make sure nothing we did this weekend was #whole30approved. Everyone told me to go to Fielding’s Local Kitchen + Bar so I obeyed.

Y’all. I do not like sweet brunch. In Katey’s palette sweets are for dessert. I’m all about savory brunch. Not only did they have a ton of savory dishes [the Truffle Polenta was my absolute favorite] but we went out on a limb and tried the French Toast. Before it came out we each kept saying how we weren’t French Toast fans, but y’all told me it was great so we were willing to be risky. 😉

Best. Thing. There.

It was gone and we were so embarrassed. I could have eaten 5 servings, but we left, ran to Target, got one pieces [props to all the girls who can rock a bikini after brunch, that is a talent I do not possess] and went out by the pool.


Cover Up: Nordstrom | Swimsuits: Target: Taylor’s, Mine, Casey’s, Similar | Sunglasses: Le Spec |

This was one of my favorite parts of the trip. Casey, Taylor and I lived together in college and when you are 18 you talk about the basics: boys, stress, boys and stress. We may be all grown up, but nothing ever changes. We sat by the pool for hours while they asked questions about marriage, I asked about their dates and we talked about work. We shared fears we have about the future, goals we have and how we pray we all live in the same city one day.

I always talk about Tim Keller and how much I love his books! He says that true friendship isn’t based on the desire of having friends. It’s based on the desire of common interests while caring for one another. So many times I worried while we were in college if our paths would break away and we wouldn’t be best friends anymore. It’s such a normal fear before you graduate, but I’m so thankful that we have become even closer. These girls don’t live in the bedroom next to mine anymore, but they get my life now, maybe even more than they did before.

Casey is a nurse, Taylor works in sales and I work as a blogger. I know it can be hard to relate to my job because it’s new and something people aren’t really informed about yet. These girls honestly understand me and my life better than I sometimes do and it was just so great to lay out and know I’ve got these two backbones that always cheer for me, as I do for them.


Dress: Leith | Bracelets: Kate Spade | Watch: Nordstrom | Shoes: Sam Edelman | Bag: Tory Burch

We got ready for dinner and went to Escalante’s. After queso and margaritas we headed back to the pool to end our girls’ trip with our 4th best friend: Rosé.

This weekend was what every girls’ weekend should be filled with: heart-warming conversation, plenty of shopping, carbs and just enough bubbles to make you feel fancy. 😉

When people ask why I love Texas I never really know how to describe it. Is it the friendliness? Is it the beautiful back roads? Or is it the fact you can have incredible amenities while still living on land?

I think this weekend reminded me exactly how to explain my love. Texas is the most down-to-earth indulgence you can get. You can treat yourself to a splurge-worthy gift all while knowing the sales associate genuinely wants to know how your mother is doing. And what’s honestly better for a girls’ weekend than genuine conversation and knowing you have the right to spoil yourself?

Where is your favorite spot to have a girls’ weekend?! Thank you so much for reading!


Thank you to The Woodlands CVB for making us feel so welcome! We loved visiting!

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  1. Morgan wrote:

    I bet you are on cloud 9 this week after such a fabulous weekend! Time with my girlfriend’s always re-charges me for the week ahead. PS – adore those Kate Spade bracelets you picked up!

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    Published 03 May 16Reply
  2. Kim wrote:

    I live in Houston and had a girls weekend with my college girlfriends in Ft. Worth this weekend so we just swapped places! It makes my heart happy when I get to reunite with my college girls and I love that you feel the same way also. It’s not about how often you get to see them, but it is about how true and genuine that friendship is. Plus, one can never have too much Rose! Love reading along with you!


    Published 03 May 16Reply
  3. Sounds like the absolute best weekend! There really is few things better than an all girls weekend of catching up, laughing, and shopping. Glad you had such a great time!

    xo Laura Leigh

    Published 03 May 16Reply
  4. Brittany Matters wrote:

    Love this post and looking forward to more ‘Weekend(s) In Review.’ I totally agree with the idea of forming a relationship with your reader (even if it is just by reading someone’s words), and this post does just that! I think you do a great job of that in your regular posts too – one of the reasons I follow!

    Sounds like a great weekend!

    Published 03 May 16Reply
  5. Kathryn wrote:

    The people you surround yourself have such an impact on your life! It seems like you have some very inspiring ladies around you. Cheers to that, girlfriend! Sounds like a great weekend.

    xx Kathryn

    Published 03 May 16Reply
  6. Maya wrote:

    I absolutely LOVE this post!!! Your writing voice is as beautiful as your style! I totally agree with your goal to cultivate a real relationship with your blog readers, and I think you are really nailing it. I also love what you said about Texas. The whole last paragraph was so beautifully expressed! I loved your wording of “down-to-Earth indulgence” and your example of the sales associate wanting to know how your mom is doing.

    My husband and I just moved back to the South after 2 years in SF, and I feel the same way about North Carolina that you do about Texas! It’s funny how I spent my younger years wishing I lived somewhere more “glam” and “worldly” and “relevant” and to be honest I didn’t like SF much. The sales associates there don’t care how your mom is doing haha.

    Anyway, I really connected with what you said! Oh and I also indulged in lots of Rose this past weekend to celebrate one of my college friend’s engagement. Cheers to wholesomeness, girl time, and a little bit of luxury!

    Gonna look up Tim Keller now…

    Xx Maya from Maya Unmarketed

    Published 03 May 16Reply
  7. Hi Katey!
    I live in Houston but feel like I’m in the Woodlands during most of my free time. The shopping is awesome and the town itself is really different. It’s so lush, it almost feels like you’re somewhere in New England. While you were having your girls’ weekend, my fiancé and I were in Disneyland in California celebrating our third year together! I’ve been going about once a year since I can remember. It is my absolute favorite place to be. I will be the first to tell you that it’s not just for little kids. I had the absolute best sangria there just the other day! Haha! I have no doubt a girls’ weekend in Disneyland would be amazing.

    Published 03 May 16Reply
  8. Taylor wrote:

    I love this! I am getting ready to get married in June and I worry about not seeing my girl friends as much because none of them are at the same point!

    Thanks for showing that you can still be close with your college besties!


    Published 03 May 16Reply
  9. Amanda wrote:

    I love Tim Keller! And thank you for the devotional suggestion!!

    Published 03 May 16Reply
  10. Irina wrote:

    You’re the cutest. Makes me want to go back to Texas 🙂

    Published 03 May 16Reply
  11. Ann-Louise wrote:

    It seems like you had a lovely and super fun time there! Love all your outfits as well!


    Published 03 May 16Reply
  12. Lindsey wrote:

    You met two of my favorites while there! Angela (at Kendra Scott) and Lucy from Nordstrom! <3

    Published 03 May 16Reply
  13. Victoria wrote:

    I love posts like this- shopping, friends, and food- what more do ya need! 🙂

    Published 03 May 16Reply
  14. Chelsea wrote:

    Hey Katey – could you please direct me to your post(s) that include the gold mirrored tray from World Market? Just bought it and could not find your post that shows how you “styled” it. Thanks 🙂

    Published 03 May 16Reply
  15. Katey, so love reading about your weekend! Girls trips are seriously the best- and it’s awesome you could find some place in between you all to get away too. Love seeing your outfits and what you did over the weekend. I am loving all your cute one pieces! Need to check those out 🙂 Can’t wait to see more of your weekend recaps!
    xoxo, Jenna
    Boston Chic Party

    Published 03 May 16Reply
  16. This was such a great post and I cannot wait to read more of them! It sounded like the perfect girls weekend and I cannot wait to plan one like this with my college girlfriends!

    Love the Kate spade bracelets, I may have to get some for myself too!


    Published 04 May 16Reply
  17. Hannah wrote:

    Thanks for sharing your weekend with us! I totally agree that it is so nice to get a peak into the blogger personal life. I love watching your snap chat everyday. It makes me feel like I know you personally!


    Published 04 May 16Reply
  18. belle wrote:

    Every time you describe Texas it makes me want to pack up everything and move there! It sounds so much friendlier and relaxed than New York ever could be!



    Published 04 May 16Reply
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  20. Kim wrote:

    Your link to Cos Bar doesn’t go to the store.

    Published 17 May 16Reply
  21. Katherine wrote:

    Great post! I love reading about your fun girls weekend. This makes me want to plan a trip with my friends… Maybe we’ll take a trip to Texas.

    Published 25 May 16Reply