is it bad that i am already thinking about fall and all the lovely fashion like boots and jackets? i can’t help myself and with the scorching temperatures lately it has me dreaming of colder months. fall is my favorite time of year! i pulled together two looks below to style some of fall’s essentials such as an army green jacket, fur vest, leather pants and ankle boots. now you may be asking yourself, ‘Lauren, white jeans, a rose colored clutch and a white peplum top are not fall pieces?’ well sure they are, especially if you want to transition some of your favorite summer pieces into the next season. its all about how you style them. i recommend adding more layers like a vest or jacket to make sure its warm enough for cooler months.
hi lovelies. i always love reading other people’s blogs to see what they are loving lately, whether it be food, clothes or exercising. so i thought i would share a round up of what i am currently obsessing over. the other day, i was talking to a friend who was going through a rough patch and was utterly exhausted from all that she had to do. i told her to take a day (or even a couple hours) and do something that made her feel good and something that brought her joy. this round up of favorites does exactly that for me. have a wonderful week!
moving: hot vinyasa flow yoga.
this is the second week in a row that i have gone to hot yoga over the weekend and i now swear by it to have the ultimate relaxation session. yes, you sweat A LOT but who knew you would feel so good after!
wearing: chevron watch.
recently picked up this find from anthropologie and i have almost worn it every single day. needless to say, it was worth the buy.
as i was perusing my Bloglovin feed, I saw that Jess from 26 and not counting is hosting a virtual blogger book club and the book they picked is one i have been dying to get my hands on. did i mention wine and cheese are encouraged during the virtual book club?
drinking: peppermint green tea.
Kaldi’s, the rebranded Latte Land totally rocks at making a mean iced peppermint green tea. it felt so luxurious to drink.
eating: berry almond oatmeal.
healthy and yummy.
after one of the longest work weeks I have ever had (thank goodness i love my job), i needed a girls day to shop the Kansas City Plaza this past weekend. although it was incredibly warm outside, it didn’t stop us from finding some hot deals. i found the dress below from Anthropologie and knew that i had to have it as soon as i saw it. i so appreciated the light weight fabric when i wore it this past weekend. being able to take some time for myself after an incredibly long week reminded me how important it is to take the time to refresh and do something that makes me feel good. for me, spending time with girlfriends, being outside and buying a new outfit are a sure way for me to feel my best. if we can’t take care of ourselves then we won’t be able to take care of our loved ones. have a fabulous week!
an afternoon full of shopping with my closest girl friends and family and sipping some wine sounds like pure heaven. that’s exactly what i got to do a couple weekends ago at the Stella and Dot trunk show i hosted. needless to say i got some very cute stuff that will be on the blog soon if they haven’t already but i thought i would share a few pictures of the event that my sister took. she snapped a few of the gorgeous jewels and colorful handbags. i ended up getting the citrine clutch shown below. obsessed! have an amazing week.
outfit details below
Style My Way - Kimono: Gift (similar styles 1/2/3); Tank: LOFT; Jeans: LOFT; Sandals: Stuart Weitzman; Clutch: Kate Spade: Necklaces: The Zoe Collective/BaubleBar/Gift; Bracelets: J.Crew (1/2)/Ralph Lauren;Shades: MARC by Marc Jacobs; Lip Color: Ruby Opera L’Oreal Extraordinaire (c/o PeopleStyleWatch)
Gussied Up - kimono: windsor (in store) similar here and here | boyfriend jeans: madewell (old) similar here and here | top: ruby rouge (new) similar here and here | wedges: franchesca’s | clutch: stella and dot (sold out) similar here and here | sunnies: ralph | necklaces: nashelle and j.crew (old) similar here and here | earrings: stella and dot | bracelets: j.crew, stella and dot and j.crew | ring: david yurman
Classy and Fab Girl - [Kimono (similar) - Fortuity]; [Kelly Green Shorts (similar)- Gap]; [Strappy Sandal (similar) - Gap]; [Gold Bracelet- Stella & Dot]; [Delicate Gold Rings - Stella & Dot]
to be honest i was a little skeptical of the kimono trend when it first emerged but now i honestly can’t get enough. at first i thought the fabric might overwhelm my frame but somehow it hangs just right so it doesn’t look like i am wearing a bath robe. i paired the look below with kelly green shorts and gold accessories. i’ve also worn the kimono to work on casual friday with dark jeans and nude wedges. needless to say, i will be wearing this kimono well into the fall season.
p.s. check back tomorrow to see how two of my blogger friends styled this trend. this look is part of a partnership to show multiple ways on how to style a trend, color or pattern.
obsession is an understatement for these dresses that i cannot stop buying. they are a fit and flare style, meaning the are fitted on top but flare out around your waist. i started by buying one from Madewell and then couldn’t help myself by buying another one from Gap this weekend. i think i am obsessed with this look because i can wear them to work but also out for drinks with my girls. a friend and i were sitting at a coffee shop this past weekend discussing how hard it is to find something appropriate for work but cute enough to wear out after no matter if its drinks, dinner or a professional event.
several tips i follow when styling fit and flare dresses:
1. always pair with some sort of necklace since the neckline comes up high. i choose a statement and a monogram for the looks below.
2. don’t feel like you have to wear heels with these dresses. a dressy flat sandal will do.
3. if showing you shoulders is a no-go at work, pair your fit and flare dress with a blazer. for the looks below i would pair with my nude blazer.
with summer in full swing, i am constantly looking for light-weight colorful pieces to add to my outfits. when Tulip Boutique on the Country Club Plaza asked me to style this chiffon scarf and teal earrings, i couldn’t resist. the vibrant color of the scarf matched this dress I recently picked up from Madewell and the best part is you can wear this scarf as a poncho as well.
a couple other local bloggers and i are featured for this month’s Tulip Twist on Tulip Facebook page. if you like my outfit, please go on over to their page and vote for me with letter F. i so appreciate everyone’s support especially my lovely blog readers. so if you feel compelled and are digging my outfit go ahead and go on over and vote.
after a long internal debate, i decided to participate in the #RealBloggerBeauty campaign. #RealBloggerBeauty is about sharing your REAL story because often times blogs can be about all the good in someone’s world. often times we post the best moments, the best picture and the best thoughts on our blogs. although this can be fun to read about, it isn’t the complete picture. everyone has a deeper story than what people see on blogs. this campaign is about sharing your story and the struggles that make up life. here goes my story:
we all often have moments or pieces of our life that impact us and change us forever. April of last year is the moment that forever changed me, it’s when my mother passed away, unexpectedly. i cannot describe that moment when I found out that my mother, my best friend, my role model was gone. forever. i felt completely numb, i felt like the world was spinning out of control around me. i felt like the world had turned its back on me and i was lost.
as a young woman who loses her mother 2 months before her wedding, you feel completely lost and upset and angry and hurt. losing a parent is one of the hardest things you will ever go through! it rocks you to your core. but what i realized months after is that, i was okay. I was still breathing, i was still living. i didn’t have to crumble and just stop, i could pick up the broken pieces and live forward, for the one i lost. the one who is always with me in my heart. going through something like this has taught me that i am a lot stronger than i ever thought i was. it has taught me to cherish life and the loved ones in it because it can be taken so fast. i now stop and smell the roses every once in awhile. losing my mom will be something i struggle with every single day but the fact is, that life will throw you some curveballs that rock your world and seem like the worst thing in the world. except, you can get through it. you will survive it and continue living forward. you will not get over it and will not forget it but you will live forward. life is tough but so are you!
i love the summer months especially with the longer days. the light in the mornings and nights are so refreshing and i swear make me more productive. with the warmer days, comes new summer fashion and while i am always eager to shed my winter layers, it can be tough to pick something work appropriate. i often opt for white jeans or trousers and peplum tops; however, this dress is my new summer work staple. several rules i follow when picking summer clothes for work: always go for a length an inch above the knee or longer, some sort of sleeves are a must and the neckline should not be too revealing. i think bright colors are must in the corporate world. They add a bit of vibrancy!