June 2011

Sweet sweet summertime

by Lauren on June 30, 2011

There is something so sweet about summertime. Maybe its the fact that it goes so fast you really have to enjoy it or the golden rays that illuminate the ground. No matter what it is, I simply adore this time of year. I enjoy the laid back fashion of the season and the carefree boho vibe. A few of my favorite pieces.

 

Perfect for sitting on the porch and sipping some lemonade and letting the magic of summer sink in.

Source: polyvore.com via Kari on Pinterest

 

Dare to try an unexpected color combo

 

Enjoy the nice weather with polished gold accessories, a pale maxi or a mustard number.

Tell me, what are your favorite fashion trends for summer.

Love, lo

 

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Fun Funky Art

by Lauren on June 28, 2011

I recently ventured to the Nelson Atkins Museum this weekend and was pleasantly surprised with the quality of art that was displayed there. Although there was a few odd fun pieces I found throughout the museum.

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Like this guy who looked so real that it felt awkward looking at him so closely.

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I wonder if a real human growth hormone looks like this at all.

They also had the exhibit, Monet’s Water Lillies  displayed at the museum. There were gorgeous long tapestries with magnificent colors hung on the walls. I would definately recommend seeing this exhibit.

Love, lo

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Energy of Hope changes lives

by Lauren on June 26, 2011

Amanda Dye is just like any other 26 year old except for the fact that she is the legal guardian for twenty-one children… in Africa.

Amanda and some of the African children she has adopted. Amanda writes: “Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, loving somebody deeply gives you courage.” 

She didn’t intend to do anything so dramatic when she took a trip three years ago to teach English in Zambia. Once she saw the abundance of orphaned children on the streets though, she knew her life would be different.

I knew that I would never be okay with myself if I didn’t try to do something,” Amanda said.

After seeing the needs of the vulnerable children in Africa, she returned home to the United States to complete her college degree and work multiple jobs to raise money. In 2007, she started the orphanage,Energy of Hope, with a team of seven other individuals. She hopes to help the children, ages five to 16, escape poverty and become positive role models in their society.

Now local children can contribute to this work. Through “Summer Challenge for Local Kids,” children create projects to raise funds for the orphans in Africa. Projects might include lemonade stands, bake sales, dog walking or other grassroots efforts.

If you’re interested in participating, contact Amanda at info@energyofhope.org. Send contributions to Energy of Hope, PO Box 372 Liberty, MO 64069. Energy of Hope is a 501(c)3 non-profit so all donations are tax deductible. Awards will be given to the most creative projects. Last year, the winners and their projects were profiled on Fox 4 News in Kansas City.

Energy of Hope is also sponsoring a photography contest and provides educational materials for school teachers. Details are on the website.

Amanda writes: “Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, loving somebody deeply gives you courage.”

Amanda Dye must love deeply because she is one gutsy gal.

P.s. this was a guest post I did on the blog Uncommon Lifestyle a couple months ago. Look for an update on where Amanda is now that will be posted soon!

Love, lo

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Fashion do or dont: white swim suits

by Lauren on June 23, 2011

I cant decide my take on the upcoming trend of white bathing suits. I have always strayed away from them because I am afraid they will turn yellow in the lake or other mishaps will happen. However, the ones out right now are totally cute! I might have to reconsider my fear of white swim suits.

This image is from the Who What Wear newsletter I subscribe to.

So what do you think ladies, totally cute or totally not a good idea?

Love, lo

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An interns guide to KC

by Lauren on June 22, 2011

As you all know, one of the most important parts of an internship is networking with the right people. This includes getting to know your fellow interns. It will really make your internship that much better if you know the people you are workingn with. I have compiled a few fun activities to do with co-workers based on my experience at Hallmark and all the social events we have/will participate in this summer.

Royals game.

 
This is a fun event that is fairly reasonable depending on where you sit. All of us Hallmark interns went last night and had a blast. We really got to know each other as most of us talked the whole game. I would even suggest having a potluck tailgate before. Look out for the special nights like retro night and college night, where food and tickets are at a discounted price. Score!

 

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Nelson Atkins Museum.


This local treasure has a group specifically to reach out to young professionals called YFA, Young Friends of Art. They hold events ranging from poetry reading to a social with a live band. Their next event is July 8 and its a summer white party. Also, if your an intern check with your company to see if you can get a free summer membership.

Livestrong Stadium.

This new stadium offers tours to large groups. We are attending an event tonight there for a tour and to watch the game in one of the suites. Don’t forget they give you a free beverage too.

First Fridays at Crossroads

Art lovers this ones for you. This eclectic area of town has an event every first Friday of each month where you can see all the unique art studios and shops. The art is breathtaking and like nothing you’ve ever seen before. Also, Don’t forget about all the amazing restaurants down there. I recommend the Cashew or Hamburger Mary’s. Lots of the restaurants there have been featured on the food network.

While a part of this internship I really have discovered a whole new city and all KC has to offer. I have even lived here my whole life and havent seen some of things I’ve seen this summer. Check KC out!

Love, lo

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Latest Obsession: Masculine Feminine

by Lauren on June 19, 2011

As you may have noticed, through all my other blog posts, is that I am super girly and love to dress in feminine pieces. However, the recent trend of menswear has caught my eye as super chic. I am loving the cropped dress pant and the effortlessly cool blazer. For the days your feeling chic and a little edgy, the menswear look is the perfect punch of fabulous.

A few of my favorite menswear looks.

I loved this look so much I recently splurged on some navy crops from GAP. I cannot wait to wear these to work.

Love, lo

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Summer on a popsicle stick

by Lauren on June 13, 2011

Recently inspired by the Paletas popsicle cookbook, I decided to find a couple other popsicle recipes made from natural ingredients. These flavors are unique and sure to inspire your taste buds. The great thing about these icy pops is that they are relatively healthy, plus fun to make.

Watermelon-Lime-Cilantro–62 calories
Base: 3 cups cubed seeded watermelon
Sweetener: 6 tablespoons sugar; 1 tbsp honey
Flavor: 3 tbsp fresh lime juice
Booster: 2 teaspoons chopped fresh cilantro

Crunchy Peanut Butter-Banana–165 calories
Base: 3 medium bananas; 1 cup 1 percent milk
Sweetener: 3 tbsp honey
Flavor: 5 tbsp natural peanut butter
Booster: 1/4 cup lightly salted dry roasted peanuts, chopped



Avocado-Mango—93 Calories

Base: 3 cups cubed mango; 3/4 ripe avocado
Sweetener: 5 tbsp sugar
Flavor: 3 tbsp fresh lime juice
Booster: 1 tbsp grated orange zest

They are called paletas because they are a latin american ice pop made with fresh fruit. Enjoy these fun summer recipes.

 

Love, lo

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Wedding season

by Lauren on June 9, 2011

Its one of the busiest seasons of all… its wedding season! No I am not getting married but weddings have been on my mind ever since my friend got engaged and asked me to be a bridesmaid. I do love everything about weddings and thought I would devote an entire blog post to the best cakes, gowns and centerpieces planners around. There is so much information about weddings that it can get overwhelming. Hopefully, my favorites list helps whether your a bride to be, your renewing you vows or you just daydreaming about the big day.

Best Dresses: BHLDN

Bridal dress

Bridesmaid dress

For those of you that dont know what BHLDN is, its anthropology’s new chic line of wedding gowns. Although, there dresses are very modern, I could see wearing one of these dresses to a beach or outdoor wedding.

Best Cakes: Pink Cake Box

This wedding cake bakery has everything ranging from crazy fun cakes to beautiful elegant cakes. Their buttercream cakes are supposed to be scrumptious!

Best centerpieces: Martha Stuart

This centerpiece is to die for. Can I just get this for my kitchen table? Its gorgeous and I definitely recommend using fresh flowers for centerpieces. It adds a pop of color and a sweet fragrance.

Hope these suggestions help and enjoy the wedding season!

 

Love, lo

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New fashion pieces

by Lauren on June 7, 2011

Getting new clothes makes going to work more fun when I know I am going to be well dressed. Although I did not wear this outfit to work, it might work for a casual friday outfit. I ended up wearing it to church and a graduation party.

I recently purchased the shirt at the gap which was on sale for $25. I am loving the bright hue of the summery shirt. I also recently got my shoes at none other than, Target! I know I have an obsession with their shoes. And then the capris were recently given to me by mom because she didnt want them anymore, so I quickly snatched them up and found a style for them.

Here is a picture of my two best friends and I at a grad party. This same day we found out we were going to be bridesmaids for the other ones wedding. I am so excited I have to get to planning the bridal shower and bachelorette party and of course find the perfect thing to wear.

 

Love, lo

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Summer color combos

by Lauren on June 4, 2011

I am raving over a few summer color combos that look great on anyone. I seriously cant get enough! Some of them are not what you would expect but please try them. This is a perfect way to update your closet without buying all new clothes, just pair a few of these unexpected pieces together.

Red & Pink.

J on J’s Everyday Fashion recreates this models look for an everyday look. The red and pink combo is definitely unexpected but works well since the pink is a lighter shade. I would wear this look for a night out with the girls or a weekend shopping trip.

Red Orange & Yolk Yellow

I haven’t tried this combo yet but I am obsessed with the models look in the ad. Even adding that pop of periwinkle blue seems to work. This sunshine yellow always reminds me of summer.

 

Burnt Orange & Khaki

I think the outfit choice on the right is perhaps a bit more practical for an everyday look. I am dying to try pairing a chiffon dress and a khaki trench together. I would wear this look out to lunch or an after work event.

The thing to remember if you try any of these combos is to pay attention to shading. A key rule is to pick a neutral color and then a more vibrant color to pair together. Good luck on your fashion endeavors and please do share if you try any of these looks.

 

Love, lo

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