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I'm Lauren & I'm so glad you stopped by!
This is a collection of musings on design,
art, craftiness, fashion, food, decorating,
weddings and other things that make
life lovely. I hope you enjoy!

XO
-L 

 

 


Entries in Fashion (93)

Tuesday
Mar152011

Style File: Bows, Balloons & Goodbyes

White Top: Splendid  |  Faux Fur Vest: Old Navy  |  Pink Satin Sequin Belt: LOFT  
 Jeans: Paper Denim Cloth  |  Blush Suede Platform Heels: Bakers  |  Bangles: F21
Diamond Horseshoe Necklace: Vintage (Great Grandmother's)  |  Silver Key Necklace: Gift from Hubs  

 

Well hello there! Sorry for being late to post today and for getting nothing up yesterday. What can I say? It happens. But I am back today to share an outfit from last week. It was my last day at my old job and they treated me with yummy chocolate cake and balloons! It was so much fun and sad all at the same time. Its hard to move on, especially when you know your job so well and you have no idea what you're getting into with a new opportunity. It can be scary to make a big leap. But as I've learned over and over, the biggest risks are often the most rewarding (like this vest-haha!) So here we go new life chapter...cheers!

Any of you guys making big life changes? I would love to hear...

XO
-L 

Thursday
Mar102011

Styling: J. Crew Dorrie Skirt

 

Styling: J. Crew Dorrie Skirt
click photo for shopping details

Hi there! How are all my lovelies? I am glad its Thursday-the week is almost up. And, I'm a little sad/excited today. Its my last day at my old job and I am going to miss my coworkers so much (I'm talking to you Natalie!) Nat and I have become so close and I'm totally bummed I won't see her everyday. Plus, she's been taking my OOTD photos (she's super talented!) and now I'm either going to have to get a tripod and remote or work on the hub's photo skills. He's learning (sort of...) Love you honey.

Anywho, I'm on to a new job, with new opporunites. Add that to our approaching 6 month wedding anniversary, new hair, a thriving new freelance business, new goals before I hit the big 3-0, and several fun trips this year, and I've got a so much to be grateful for. Its going to be an amazing year!

Finally, starting a new job always means a little shopping right? right. I am so in love with J. Crew's Orange Dorrie skirt. It is so versitile- I can't wait to rock this puppy at work and on the weekends. Take a look at some of the ways I'll be styling this seasonless staple.

AND DON"T FORGET! My giveaway for a $50 Anthropologie Giftcard ENDS TOMORROW! Don't miss out!

XO
-L

Monday
Mar072011

Style File: Bookworm


Shirt: H&M  |  Belt: Husband's  |  Green Skinny Cargos: LOFT  |  Flower Pin: Anthroplogie  |  
Suede Mary Jane Booties: Mia

Happy Monday pretties! Did everyone have a nice weekend? I did! Friday we had date night with steaks and cocktails at our favorite place. Then Saturday, I got my hair cut and dyed (bangs and blonde! Can't wait to show you!) and we spent a lot of time relaxing at home in our pjs-so lovely. Then yesterday, we ran 8 miles (only 3 weeks till the half marathon-yikes!) I am so SORE this morning! It will all be worth it though when I cross that finish line with the hubs!

So this outfit is from last week, but I'm cool with that. Besides, you don't want to see my running capris and yoga pants. I loved doing this shoot with my talented friend Natalie- she has such an amazing eye! We had a blast running around Barnes and Noble being embarrassing. Its funny, but the older I get, the less I care who is staring at me like I'm a lunatic. 

I love this H&M checked shirt- and paired with cargos, its the perfect casual outfit to wear wandering around a bookstore, reading and sipping coffee.

Oh, and while I was waiting for my coffee, the Starbucks employees were talking about making a citizen's arrest because I was photographing the place. Weirdos.

And speaking of books, here are my currents and all time faves...

Currently Reading
The Pillars of the Earth, Ken Follet
The House at Riverton, Kate Morton 

All-Time Favorites
Her Fearful Symmetry, Audrey Niffennegger
The Kitchen House, Kathleen Grissom
Life of Pi, Yann Martel
To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee

XO
-L 

Wednesday
Feb232011

Style File: Chevron Stripe


Good morning lovelies-welcome to Wednesday. And my outfit of yesterday. Let's face it, I find it almost impossible to post my outfits on the day I actually wear them. By the time I get some pics taken (usually at the end of the day) and then get home, run with my husband, make dinner & do a little work, I am ready to crawl into bed and pull the covers over my head. Thank goodness I'm a morning person so I can get some blogging done.

And while we're confessing things...this skirt is actually a dress. That I folded over and belted. I saw this lovely outfit at Anthro and decided to copycat. Loving the striped maxi with a cropped military jacket.

I hope everyone is having a great first half of the week- I can't wait for Friday! The hubs and I are headed to Austin for my Sis-in-Law's birthday. Looking forward to lots of girl time, yummy food, some adult beverages & good times with family.

XO
-L 

Monday
Feb212011

Wear this Room...Green Bean

 Wear this Room...Green Bean

(click on the image for product information)

 

Good Monday Morning lovelies! Did everyone have a nice weekend? We did (with the exception of my sprained foot. Is it weird to be a little proud of my first running injury? It makes me feel like a real runner!)

Anyway...on to the gorgeous green goodness. My passions for interior design and fashion often cross paths. Colors and patterns I love in an interior are usually present in my closet. And its no secret that green is my favorite color. I wear it all the time, use it in a lot of my design work, decorate with it...even our wedding's main color was a lovely grass green (Check out my yummy green wedding shoes.) I have been lusting after the newest incarnation of the Marc by Marc Jacobs Hillier Hobo bag in this lovely hue and was thrilled to find a kitchen whose cabinets were the same grassy shade. Which lead me to think...why couldn't I use this room as fashion inspiration? Thus, I give you my new little blog feature: Wear this Room. We'll see if it catches on...

I took the classic white cabinets and subway tile and translated them to a feminine blouse by J Crew. The black embroidery on the top and the black-washed wide leg denim mirror the sleek black counter top, stools & shelving. Add some pops of sherbet orange in a braided skinny belt, a boho cocktail ring and my new favorite Essie nail polish to brighten up the look (and pull in the warm shade of the pendant.) Silver ballet flats add the chrome element of the appliances and a Chan Luu wrap bracelet adds one more pop of green. The look is laid-back, classic & functional, just like my dream kitchen.

And on a final note, I am a bit obsessed with the Chan Luu wrap bracelets (but refuse to pay $200 for one.) I've bought the materials to make my own and will share the process soon in a How To. The hubs will be out of town this week for work, so its the perfect time to get crafty.

Have a Happy Monday!
XO
-L