{event recap} kate spade.

by Lauren on August 21, 2014

what girl doesn’t love to look at beautiful things? when those beautiful things happen to be Kate Spade, it’s even harder to resist. Kate Spade paired up with Go Blog Social and hosted a wonderful event last week called GBSxKSNY. i was invited to attend and couldn’t think of a better way to spend a Thursday than catching up with my blogger gal pals and being surrounded by beautiful Kate Spade merchandise. if you aren’t familiar with Go Blog Social, it was created for bloggers by bloggers to bring together bloggers, social media experts and businesses together for inspiring conferences. I attended their conference in KC this past April and learned SO much. not only did i get some great ideas for CFG but i met some of the most amazing women.

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if your interested in attending one of Go Blog Social’s upcoming conferences, be sure to register soon! below are the details for a few upcoming events. i promise you won’t regret attending a conference like this, it is really such a valuable tool if your interested or have started a blog. i already bought my tickets to Chicago and hope to see you all there.

Chicago Pop-Up – Oct. 11

GBS 1-Day Workshop - Feb. 22


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{outfit post} summer brights.

by Lauren on August 20, 2014

i don’t know about you but i love winning things. whether it’s big or small, if it’s free, i am in! a friend entered me into an instagram giveaway and before i knew that i was even entered, i was told that i won the lovely pink top below. the top is from a local Kansas City boutique (btw, its shop local week in KC) called Fable. although they don’t have this particular top online anymore, their other tops are stunning. i paired my top with a striped mini skirt and a gold ‘vintage-inspired’ necklace.

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top – Fable | skirt – Gap (old) | sunnies – Forever 21 | sandals – Gap (old) | clutch – Stella & Dot 

p.s. i thought this background was just too adorable to pass up. it reminds me of a cottage in a small town, even though it was taken here in Overland Park. 

love, lo


life with intention.

by Lauren on August 19, 2014

life is meant to be lived with intention and audacity. in a previous post, i spoke about setting intentions – almost like goals except they require bigger picture thinking. i can honestly say after having one of the roughest year’s of my life that my intentions and my core are what kept me grounded and on the right track. even though at times it felt like i was on cruise control, it helped to have guiding intentions that showed me the way even when i couldn’t see it. i thought i would share those intentions that got me through my lowest lows to possibly help anyone who is going through one of life’s major (or minor) challenges. i promise it will get better and by setting intentions, you can be resilient.



professional intentions

develop and devote myself to a career that i am passionate about and find joy in every day

approach each work day with passion and vigor to do my best work every day




personal intentions

find joy in the simple things and surround myself with those things that make me happy

tell my loved ones that i love them every day




‘for fun’ intentions

make an effort to get together with friends that i haven’t seen in awhile

read one book each month about a new subject matter that i know nothing about




love, lo


work it.

by Lauren on August 18, 2014

this post is for all the working ladies out there who need a little inspiration for office life. i always say that you can dress office appropriate without losing your personal style. this look below is not only perfect for the office but it also took me to an event after work at the Kate Spade store on the Plaza, more on that later this week. i love mixing bright solids with fun prints like stripes or leopard. plus this skirt hits just below the knee yet isn’t too much fabric. so often people trade their style for modest work looks when in reality you can totally mix the two for a vibrant office look.

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striped shirt – J.crew (similar) | cobalt pencil skirt – ASOS | purse – Target (old) | nude wedges – Target (old) | bracelet – Stella & Dot | statement necklace – Charming Charlie

love, lo


très chic: 3 ways to style booties.

by Lauren on August 13, 2014

its time for the second addition of tres chic. this month we decided to show you how to style ankle boots. if you missed the first tres chic where we styled kimonos, make sure to check it out! now you may be thinking ankle boots are only for fall and while they do make great autumn additions to any wardrobe, we are showing you how to style ankle boots for these transition months in between seasons. since the weather has felt like anything but August lately we thought some cooler weather looks would be very appropriate.

booties post

we each styled our ankle boots very differently, which i love. don’t forget to check out each of their blogs for more pictures of their outfits. also all our outfit details are below.

Andrea from Style My Way

Sweater: Anthropologie (similar) | Tank: Old Navy| Shorts: Rachel Zoe (similar) | Booties: Rebecca Minkoff (similar) | Shades: MARC by Marc Jacobs | Handbag: STEVEN by Steve Madden | Necklaces: The Zoe Collective/Stella & Dot 


Lauren from Classy and Fab Girl

GAP: Jacket (similar) GAP: White Jeans Loft: top (similar) Target: Boots Stella & Dot: necklace Stella & Dot: bracelet Stella & Dot: clutch

Caitlin from Gussied Up

romper: loft | vest: old navy (old) similar here and here | booties: madewell and similar here | sunnies: ralph | bracelets: j.crewstella and dot, and j.crew (old) but similar here | rings: vintage but similar here and david yurman | necklaces: stella and dotnashellestella and dot, and dogeared


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a little glimpse of fall.

by Lauren on August 11, 2014

why is it that we are always so eager for the next season. whether it’s the clothes, holidays or traditions, I am always so excited for the next season to arrive and this time of year is no different. autumn is right around the corner and i already am dying to wear my boots. i decided that ankle boots are totally acceptable in August, especially when it’s a rainy dreary day. plus when you wear boots with white jeans it makes for a great transition piece. now all i need to go along with this look is a pumpkin spiced latte in hand, THE best!

as a new season arrives, it feel like it’s the perfect time to set my intentions for the next couple of months. intentions are similar to goals but i like to think of them as lifestyle changes. the decisions i make are ones that i want to have a purpose. even the simple decisions are important to infuse with intention. stay tuned for more on my intentions for the upcoming season.

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outfit details: {GAP – Jacket (similar)}; {GAP – White Jeans}; {Loft -top (similar)}; {Target – Boots}; {Stella & Dot – necklace}; {Stella & Dot – bracelet}; {Stella & Dot – clutch}

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by Lauren on July 28, 2014

although summer is more than half-way though, i am in the market for a new pair of sunnies. scouring my favorite sites this weekend left me with a wish list the size of my grocery list but i was able to narrow it down to just a few of my favorites below.

we ended up taking part of this weekend to start planning our next vacation for September. i can hardly wait since these past few weeks have been absolutely crazy. the top contender for vacations spots is Beaver Creek, Colorado. i absolutely love Colorado in the summer and am sure i will love it in the early fall. if you have suggestions on things to do in Beaver Creek, I would love to hear.



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jcrew neoprene.

by Lauren on July 25, 2014

an impromptu blogger meetup was the just the thing i needed after a long day of work. it was great to catch up with a few of my blogger friends while sipping on lavender lemonade from Parisi. i’m encouraged to see other women who are so encouraging and supportive of other bloggers. the outfit below is one of my new favorites that i recently picked up at Jcrew. i especially liked this skirt because its not something i would typically buy. i love the material and fit and flare style of this skirt. its quickly becoming one of my new favorites!





































































p.s. check out the Jcrew sale that is going on now where i scored this outfit!

love, lo


fall soiree.

by Lauren on July 23, 2014

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.


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favorites round up.

by Lauren on July 21, 2014

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.

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reading: #girlboss.

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.













love, lo