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Austin is Awesome: My First Film Premiere! (Plus, a White Plum Giveaway)

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You guys are SO awesome — I have been blushing for days at the nice words you’ve had to say not only about my company’s documentary premiere but about my outfit for the party. I was really nervous because this was such a big project for my team, and I wanted to look like I was ready for a red carpet experience!

Many of the clothes I wore on the trip to Austin, Texas came from White Plum — my full review AND a giveaway are listed a little later in the post, but if you just can’t wait, make sure you use the promo code KATY20 for 20% off your purchase until October 31!

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But first: why was I in Austin at all?

Conquering Kilimanjaro: The Documentary

A while ago, my boss, the amazing Marc Middleton, was invited to take part in something called Survivor Summit, in partnership with the LIVESTRONG Foundation. He and 15 others — including four cancer survivors — attempted a climb up the world’s tallest freestanding mountain: Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, Africa.

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With our company’s love and support, Marc spent two weeks in pursuit of this lifechanging goal, shooting the entire thing for a documentary that we premiered this weekend in Austin, Texas.

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The movie is one of the things I’m most proud of from our small team, and this was one of the most fun and thrilling weekends I’ve spent as a member of Bolder Broadcasting. We shared the film with the climbers and their families, some of LIVESTRONG’s top supporters, the LIVESTRONG executives and many more, all of whom were so gracious and supportive of this project.

We are working on some amazing projects in support of this film, so stay tuned. We’re planning big premieres in Florida and beyond, entries in film festivals and more. And you can share all of the details about the documentary with your friends and family by checking out ConqueringKilimanjaro.com (a site I actually built!).

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And a related note? Austin is freaking AWESOME. The music, the culture, the funny little neighborhoods, the coffees {and the Moscow Mules} and the active people you see everywhere really, really inspired me. I wish we’d had more time, but we packed in a fun tour of the city on our way to the airport, so I got to check out LIVESTRONG headquarters, Graffiti Park and Mellow Johnny’s, the bike shop owned by Lance Armstrong.

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Now, to the clothes!

DISCLOSURE: I received several items from White Plum as part of a sponsored product review. White Plum was started by a busy mom (hello) who wanted to help other people who didn’t have time to shop and find great deals. She and her husband launched the brand and things went so well, they were able to bring on her brother-in-law as well! Now the company offers cool clothes at great prices.

I originally received three items: these paisley leggings, the Estelle maxi dress and the Millie day dress.

To my EXTREME disappointment, because it’s so gorgeous online and in person, the Millie just didn’t fit my hips. It was a perfect fit on top, but it’s designed to hang straight down and it clung to my legs instead.

So, I sent it back and exchanged the dress for this Spot On pleated skirt.

Everything fits and wears beautifully. The leggings are my favorite item (and I’ve already worn them a million times, including for a photo spread in a new magazine article that comes out in November!) because they’re super, super soft and fully lined so they work as pants. Unfortunately, it looks like that pattern is sold out but there are some really cool designs and styles still available.

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The yellow polka dot skirt worried me when I first tried it on (I thought it was a little too Laura Ingalls Wilder) but after pairing it with a fitted tank top, I really loved it and got a TON of compliments.

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And the dress, while too fancy for this weekend’s fun, is going to be perfect for my next dressy night out (especially now that I realized that the dip is in the back, not the front — my mistake made for a very revealing first try-on!).

White Plum Promo Code

So, want to try White Plum for yourself? You can use the promo code KATY20 for 20% off your purchase until October 31 AND one of you will win a special giveaway — $50 in store credit to White Plum! To enter, make sure you put your information in the embedded widget below. White Plum and I will select a random winner and notify by email.

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{The giveaway runs from 10/23-10/30.}

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Recently, I got the shocking news that a young family member of mine had died at the last mile of a half marathon. Now, thousands are honoring his life.

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