5 Holiday Wishes for Any Fashionista

Christmas will be here soon, a gathering time for family and friends to celebrate your blessings and all the love in your life.

However, there is no shame in making a holiday wish list, especially if it is to just treat yourself. Let’s be totally honest, a little extra sparkle and shine in your wardrobe makes for a great new year.

Here are 5 of my Christmas wishes…

 

1) Sparkly clutch

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Kate Spade Dress the Part Glitter Mask Clutch

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Fabuloso Rose Gold Pointed Pumps

3) Studs for the second (and third) ear piercings

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Swarovski Harley Pierced Earrings Set 

 

4) Bling for the fur babies

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Betsey Johnson xox Trolls Glitter Dog Collar

5) Something pretty to celebrate the “Best Day Ever”

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Kate Spade New York Mrs-Embroidered Charmeuse Bridal Robe and Contrast-Trimmed Chemise Sleep Separates

Merry Christmas and may all your holiday wishes come true!

Peace, love, and fashion happiness,

Lauren

Treat Yourself- Winter Shopping Giveaway

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‘Tis the season to shop for everyone… Everyone, but yourself. Toys for the kiddos, goodies for your friends, and lots of food for those holiday parties. But, how are you treating yourself?

Who would have thought the next time you were shopping at Hy-Vee for all the holiday treats you could also pick up something special for yourself? If you haven’t heard of F&F {a British-inspired fashion label} by now, then you are truly missing out. The international company carries fabulous finds for great prices, and all within select Hy-Vee locations.

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I was able to snag a few of pieces from the newest F&F collection. The clothing is versatile and comfy, while being completely on trend. It goes to show that keeping warm doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice style- the fur trim and turtleneck are a perfect example.
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And to balance the cozy tops, a pair of skinny jeans with gold zipper accents. It offers a glitzy surprise for a pair of denim jeans. Besides, finding a great pair of skinny jeans that fit can be extra difficult. The perks of these are the “4 Way Stretch with LYCRA Beauty” to help smooth and shape comfortably- a true winner in my book.

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So, next time the aisles of crackers, canned goods, and juices start to blur, drop everything and head to F&F. A little retail therapy is exactly what you need to survive the holiday craziness.

Are you ready for the best part? I get to host a $100 giveaway to help celebrate the opening of the Rochester location. Visit my Instagram account (@outfitaday365) to be entered to win- look for the post with the first outfit photo found above.

Peace, love, and fashion happiness,

Lauren

 

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It’s been a year. An entire year. My life had many highs and quite a few lows, but overall 2016 was great to me. If you have been following my Instagram account (@outfitaday365) you’ve seen some of my awesome outfits throughout the year.

So, to quickly fill everyone in on all amazing things that have been happening {and causing my extended absence from blogging}, I have compiled a list of outfits. Below are my “Top 15” favorites from 2016.

Top 15 2016 Outfits

15) No make-up. The outfit was comfortable and relaxed, perfect for a Sunday of errand running. However, it wasn’t the outfit that stole the show- it was the fact that I didn’t wear any make-up and embraced a fresh face. It feels great to just be “me” for a day.

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14) Pop of color. Accessories can certainly steal the show, and this outfit proves to be true. A vibrant coral clutch brings turns a dreary day into a bright one!

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13) Stay warm with layers. Bundling up without looking bulky can be a hassle in Minnesota. This outfit was the perfect balance of cozy and {many, many} layers.

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12) Denim on denim in the best way possible. Black denim jeans and a jean jacket mix so wonderfully together without having the “Canadian suit” vibe. Throw on some booties and a layered necklace to spice it up.

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11) Everyone needs an oversized turtleneck. The Minnesota winters can be brutal, but there are still ways to look cute. A knit turtleneck can be sleek and versatile, especially with a pair of patterned pumps.

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10) Move over LBD and make room for the LWD. Attending Diner en Blanc means an all white outfit is a must, and this dress was too perfect for the event.

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9) Transition with the seasons using delicate layers and booties. A great way to incorporate a summer dress into an autumn outfit- add booties and a long cardigan. Voila!

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8) Hottest trend of 2016- off-the-shoulder tunics. If you haven’t already jumped on the bandwagon for off-the-shoulder tops, you still have time. This trend is not dying anytime soon and will travel well into 2017.

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7) Lady-like in florals and pearls. Everything just paired so perfectly together, making for a beautiful summer outfit.

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6) Bubblegum pink midi skirt. One of my FAVORITE pieces of clothing in my closet, this skirt is as whimsical as a unicorn.

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5) Dressing up just because. Sometimes a tulle dress is just what is needed for Saturday. Add gold heels and gemstone earrings for that extra “oomph”.

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4) NYE celebration gown. A glam updo and sparkly gown help bring in the new year with a BANG!

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3) Refreshed and natural in Hawaii. A freshly-picked plumeria and beach waved hair is the recommended attire on a tropical island. A jersey dress, bathing suit, and sandals are optional.

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2) Matching designer knit sweater and pencil skirt. Breathable, stretchy, and fashionable- all requirements for my outfit as Fashion Show Director on the evening of Style on the Plaza. After four months of planning and preparing, I needed something to match the show’s theme- Bigger, Brighter, Bolder- and this certainly did. screen-shot-2016-11-29-at-10-53-08-am

1) And my most amazing outfit of 2016 is…

My wedding gown! A stunning layered mermaid gown by Blush by Hayley Paige, and jewelry by Kate Spade. It was the day of my dreams, and this was truly the outfit of my dreams- everything was magical.

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And 2016 isn’t over quite yet…

Peace, love, and fashion happiness,

Lauren

I’m Back… Promise!

Hello all my lovely followers! Sorry for the slight hiatus, I promise I have a good excuse. If you have been following my Instagram, you’ll have noticed I was making waves in the community.

From July through late September I was planning, preparing, and directing Style on the Plaza– an annual fashion show that showcases local businesses and highlights the community’s unique style. This was my first, of hopefully many, shows that I directed. I have been in a whirlwind of excitement and stress as the last several months have been strictly focused on planning this event. There was barely time to stop for food and sleep. But, in the end, it was COMPLETELY worth it.

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Courtesy of A-B Photography

I even became a “local celebrity” after making the cover photo for Rochester Magazine. It gets slightly weird seeing your face on every street corner though…

Rochester Magazine- Style on the Plaza

Next year I hope to spotlight more on the blog- discuss the process, talk about my method for choosing clothes and merchandise, and vent about all the craziness behind the scenes. Now that I have my groove it will be a whole lot easier… I’m hoping.

Just wanted to give a quick update that I’ll be back again, posting at least once a week. This is my favorite season, so I know there will be lots to talk about. Crazy to think my blog is already approaching a year old! Where has the time gone?

Keep an eye out again this week for another post- fall necessities, maybe?

Peace, love, and fashion happiness,

Lauren

My new addiction: midi skirts

Even after repeating “I am only here to pick up a birthday gift, I will not buy anything for myself” several thousand times, I still managed to walk out of the mall with two beautiful midi skirts.

Drifting through the mall, my eyes slowly locked onto a gorgeous black midi skirt within a boutique, Posh Love. Lucky for me it was my size and the LAST one! Before checking out, another midi skirt caught my eye. I just couldn’t stop! Two midi skirts later…

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Lately, in the summer heat, I have been pairing my midi skirts with crop tops. To be more work appropriate, a crisp button up and sparkly necklace. Either way, the versatility of the midi skirt is amazing.

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I better make more room in my closet because I’m addicted.

Patterned dresses: The only geometry I need to know

I was never one for math. I understood the lessons and usually got a decent grade on tests, however, it never tickled my fancy. Nevertheless, when I see complex, geometric patterns on a dress I get more excited than a mathematician solving an impossible quadratic equation. I love pieces of clothing that have stimulation and buzz. Flashy shapes, colors, and textures attract me like Einstein to a mass-energy formula.

Just as every trip to Target, I went in to pick up fruit and cereal, and came out with a cart full of extra items, including a beautiful clearance dress. I was trying hard to avoid eye contact with the women’s clothing racks, despite that out of the corner of my eye I spotted a fabulous black, white, and coral geometric print dress. I slowly approached it, mesmerized by its fantastic pattern, realizing it was my size and at severely reduced price. It was fate. I premiered the dress on date night, paired ever so perfectly with my coral necklace and bracelet.

Geometric-Pattern-DressAlthough you may not be a fan of math, this dress is proof that to always appreciate the beauty of structured lines and shapes found within an astounding geometric patterned piece of clothing. It’s a fabulous, and cheap, trend to give a try!

Peace, love, and fashion happiness,

Lauren