March 2011

Nashville fashion week

by Lauren on March 31, 2011

In honor of my recent trip to Nashville, I decided to dedicate this post to the southern city’s fashion. This week is Nashville Fashion Week where southern bell style meets indie rock. I was enthralled visiting Nashville and seeing how the locals dressed. At the hotel I stayed at, I came across a unique magazine explaining the style of the country music star capital and got inspired between the clash of the two totally different styles.

One of the designers featured in Nashville Fashion Week is Christian Siriano from Project Runway. His unique dresses offer a sophisticated edge to the show.

For the inside scoop on how the week is going, check out this blog that takes you inside the show to the front row.

Here are a few of my favorite looks from the week.

I would recommend visiting Nashville and experiencing its fashion, food and music. I promise you won’t be disappointed!

Love, Lo

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La bonne vie

by Lauren on March 29, 2011

As I promised, here is an interview with a friend that is living abroad in France and having the time of her life. The interview I had with her was inspirational and motivated me to travel more and promise to myself that I will study abroad some day.

What is life like in France?

Life in France…you know the saying “…and the living is easy?” That is exactly what I would use to describe French living. The French take time to enjoy the scenery, smell the roses, and you will never see a true Niçoise (the people of Nice) checking the time on their watch. Everyone smokes, all women wear heels and are dressed to impress at all times (even the elderly), everyone drinks coffee, and here…everyone goes to the beach when they get the chance, weather permitting.

What has been the biggest inspiration while living there?

My biggest inspiration here hasn’t really been from here at all. It has been my father. No matter how many times I wanted to stop taking French courses or not practice the language he encouraged me. As you can see, I am still taking French courses at KSU and am one class away from completing my minor…AND I am studying abroad in France. Studying abroad is something I had always wanted to do, imagined I would do, but never really thought would become a reality. Needless to say, I am here, due primarily to the motivation from my father.

What have you learned through your experience studying abroad?

This is the first time I have truly lived on my own. With that comes a lot of new responsibility and is a learning experience in itself. I have also learned many people stereotype Kansas. One of my professors even said, “why would you want to live in Kansas, there isn’t anything there.” Yes, my professor actually said that and attempted to recover from it with, “but the people are very nice.” With so many people from so many countries in the study abroad program, you learn so much from your peers about other cultures and differences in languages, perceptions, and behavior. You never stop learning…

What has been the biggest challenge?

It’s trying to enjoy yourself fully without missing home. There are moments I don’t even think about being back in the states, and there are moments I can think of nothing but being home. I have been here for about two months now and it never gets easier. I love studying abroad. It is a wonderful experience and I would suggest to anyone…but the hardest part is being away.

What will you take away from this experience?

I will take away from my study abroad experience an appreciation for culture, a love for the little things, and the knowledge that nothing should be taken for granted.

Thanks so much for the amazing interview Megan! It is so inspiring to hear about your travels.

Love, lo

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Warm happy days

by Lauren on March 25, 2011

Oh how I have missed blogging. I just got back from the Bahamas and am ready to catch up with the blogging world but for now one last stop in Orlando and Nashville.

This trip has been one of a life time and I promise to share more later. For now I’ll leave you with some beautiful pictures.









Also, look forward to a future post about a friend living in France and an interview to see what life is like there. I promise I won’t be away to long this time.

Love, lo

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JustFabulous customized shoes

by Lauren on March 17, 2011

Every girl’s dream is to have a closet full of amazing shoes that you love! I found this new website JustFabulous where you can customize the site to find the shoes that fit your personality. I am a little bit obsessed with the shoes the site picked out for me and even better all their shoes are only $39.95 and they have FREE shipping! What a deal!

These are the ones they picked out for me:

These are my favorite. I have been looking for a nude heel forever!

 

I love how this site is so personalized, it makes you feel like your shopping with a personal assistant. If you would like a customized selection of shoes just go to the site and take a short quiz to figure out your shoe personality.

I am trying to save money right not but no promises I wont buy a pair of these.

Love, Lo

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Latest Obsession: Steel Grey Polish

by Lauren on March 14, 2011

Spring is so terrifically close I can feel it, so naturally I am obsessed with anything that remotely reminds me of warmer months. My latest obsession is this glamorous nail polish from Rimmel, Lasting Finish Pro in the colour Steel Grey.

I have it on right now and I am constantly looking down admiring the colour. Its so different yet it goes with almost all of my outfits. Plus it is a fairly reasonable price of 4 or 5 dollars. Gotta love it! Hope your Monday and week are off to a great start.

 

Love, lo

 

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Fab designer

by Lauren on March 13, 2011

I came across this interview with designer Isaac Mizrahi on the Bergdorf Goodman website. I like how they feature Mizrahi’s clothes but also an interview to get to know him. His interview talks about his life in New York (yes, I am a sucker for anything about NY) and his tips on fashion. I love hearing about how top designers get started and where they get their inspiration from. Check out the interview with this fab designer.

 

Mizrahi’s dresses are elegantly simple. He sticks with the basic colors of black and white while making the classic bow look glamorous.

 

On a completely different note I found this scrumptious baking blog that gives you step by step instructions on how to make this…

Love, lo

 

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An artsy weekend

by Lauren on March 11, 2011

Whew, what a busy week! I apologize for my absence for a couple days but I literally have been on the go for three days straight. Hope you all are doing well and are enjoying this beautiful Spring weather. I am in love with being outside.

Last weekend, I had a short break and went home to see the family and for some much needed relaxing and inspiring. My mom and I decided to check out one of the local art studios called ARTichokes. This blissful studio had a live band playing, ordevours and wine and an open studio to paint. My mom and I painted with acrylics on canvas.

I used one of the art books they had to get inspiration for my painting. If you look at the left page of the book, I was trying to recreate the forest scene.

One of the artists did a northern light painting. The background shows off the quaint cozy feel of the studio.

The band played a great mix of coffee house music. Everyone who was there was so friendly and down to earth.

 

By no means am I an artist, but it was so enjoyable to get out of my comfort zone and just paint. I highly recommend doing this on a more low-key weekend. It rejuvenated me for the start of this busy week.

Love, lo

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Fashion Do or Dont: big floppy hats

by Lauren on March 8, 2011

Here is the second post in a weekly series called fashion do or dont that I am starting. This week the questionable trend is whether these over bearing hats are trendy or not? I just recently purchased a straw colored one to wear on spring break. I think I am brave enough to wear it but I am not sure I would be wearing these bold beauties.

Big Floppy Hats


What do you think, would you be gutsy enough to wear one of these hats?

All pictures are from WhoWhatWhere.

Love, lo


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A site customized to what you love <3

by Lauren on March 7, 2011

This past weekend my sister, who is studying to be a graphic designer, showed me this new website called Pinterest. This awesome site allows you to search for things on the web that are customized to your interests. They have everything from fashion to hairstyles to art and photography.

Here are some of my favorites:

Source: julie911.tumblr.com via Sarah on Pinterest

 

 

Source: via Samantha on Pinterest

 

Tell me what you find?

Also, A few favorite posts from Classy and Fab Girl

love, lo

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How far would you go?

by Lauren on March 5, 2011

I have been dying to post this video and finally found a short version of it on youtube. It is about the Invisible Children project in Africa and a project called Schools 4 Schools. The Invisible Children project paired with a couple American schools to see how much money could be raised to build schools in Uganda for the invisible children. The schools that raised the most money got to send a few representatives to go to Uganda and visit the invisible children. This documentary style inspired film, “GO” is more than inspirational. It takes you on the journey of a few American teenagers visiting and then building a friendship with teenagers in Uganda. I promise that after you watch this, you will feel like you want to change the world. Enjoy!

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZQd09coG_j0&feature=relmfu[/youtube]

I actually first saw this video during an Invisible Children presentation at K-State. What was so cool is that after we watched this video they had Pepito (one of the invisible children living in Uganda featured in the video) come out and speak to us in person. It was an amazing experience. I highly recommend becoming a part of the Invisible Children organization, they are doing some amazing things.

Love, lo

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