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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Embrace the cape!

With the winter chill arriving in Minnesota quicker than I hoped, I needed a new way to stay warm and fashionable. I love my down feather Calvin Klein coat, however, it becomes quite monotonous when worn every single day. I wanted to switch it up occasionally- try a new trend other than a long black coat.

I have already seen several women on the street flaunting their flowing capes (or as some might call a poncho). Could this new fad be the piece of clothing to break up my chilly day boredom?

So, it brings us to today- I bought a cape.

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This particular one I found while browsing SheIn, a website that offers fashionable clothes at steep discounts. I figured I would purchase one cape and see if the trend was for me.

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All I have to say is the cape is everything I had hoped it to be and more. The cape is warm and stylish, not to mention comfortable and versatile- exactly what I was hoping to achieve. I am a true cape lover now- it also helps to receive several compliments while wearing it.

Why stop at buying just one cape? I found other options to potentially add to my closet:

Western influence and some fringe from Forever 21- http://www.forever21.com/Product/Product.aspx?br=F21&category=sweater&productid=2000142655

A sophisticated plaid look from Forever 21- http://www.forever21.com/product/product_oos.aspx?br=f21&category=outerwear_coats-and-jackets&productid=2000099685

Faux fur for the perfect night look from Michael Kors- http://www1.macys.com/shop/product/michael-michael-kors-faux-fur-cape?ID=2252555&CategoryID=269&LinkType=#fn=sp%3D1%26spc%3D406%26slotId%3D23%26kws%3Dcape

Don’t fear the cape, embrace it!

Peace, love, and fashion happiness,

Lauren

Pleather leggings- yes, you can wear them!

Typically I choose my outfit the night before, a routine I fell into during my first years of college to save a couple extra minutes of sleep the next morning. However, after an exciting, late night the last thing I wanted to do was search through my clothes while dreaming of my pillow.

Riffling through my closet early the next morning, I wasn’t clicking with any of my clothes. I felt extra edgy, what could I wear to represent that?

Motorcycle jacket? Too cold outside at 44 degrees, and that would have made for a chilly walk to work. Studded heels? Nah, I didn’t feel like hobbling into work with blisters. Pleather leggings? YES! That is exactly the piece of clothing I was looking for.

Pleather, also called vegan leather, is the affordable, more comfortable version of leather. It’s definitely having a moment in fashion. The fabric is fun and versatile, especially in the form of leggings. Plus, anyone can wear it! It’s stretchy and breathable, unlike its leather counterpart.

To keep your outfit office appropriate, rather than date night out, pair with more casual pieces- oversized sweaters, subtle sparkle, flats, etc.

I paired a geometric fringed sweater from Forever 21, black pointed flats from DSW, and subtle gold accents with my pleather leggings. The casual pieces toned down the fabric edginess.

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Another option is an oversized turtleneck sweater. Why wear typical jeggings or plain leggings? So expected and typical. Instead I spiced up the outfit with sneak peek of pleather- mixing conservative and classic with a little excitement.

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My Bar III pleather leggings were a recent purchase from Macy’s on clearance, and have become a staple in my closet.

So, don’t be scared of pleather leggings. Yes, you can wear them!

Peace, love, and fashion happiness,

Lauren

More studded shoes finding their way into my closet

I must admit two things about myself…

  1. I cannot pass up a good deal
  2. I am a shoe addict

Because of these character traits I acquired two more beautiful studded pairs of shoes for my ever-growing closet.

Mom, if you are reading this, before you roll your eyes at my money spending habits, the shoes were only $15 each! Thank you Charlotte Russe for the amazing sale prices that I stumble upon at dreadfully late hours of the night.

The two pairs I purchased are identical style, but different colors, red and nude. The red is a perfect pop of color, especially with cuffed boyfriend jeans, while the nude is classic and easy to coordinate. They are durable and comfortable, excellent options for a working girl looking to make a fashion statement. Not to mention the studded style is HOT right now thanks to their Valentino look-alike.

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Although the last minute deal I snagged is unfortunately done, there is a new sale  on the website offering a great reduction.

Grab a pair before you miss out!

Peace, love, and fashion happiness,

Lauren

Birthday Treat For My Feet

Today is my birthday, so I decided to treat myself to a new pair of shoes. A group of friends and I are heading to a local winery, Four Daughters, for a relaxed evening of good laughs, mouth-watering food, and amazing wine. It was obvious that a new pair of shoes was necessary.

I have been mourning over the price of the Valentino ‘Rockstud’ Pumps for months, disappointed they would never be attached to my feet. However, after late night browsing online, I stumbled upon a pair of similar heels from LuLu‘s. Their price was perfect for a small budget like mine, and they looked practically identical! I ALMOST prefer the LuLu’s pair over the Valentino because of the heel height. The higher the heel the better, as I always say.

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I immediately ordered them and have been patiently awaiting their arrival; the anticipation growing each day that passed without them being dropped off on my doorstep.

Finally, yesterday was the day! After haphazardly ripping open the box with full blown excitement, a beautiful pair of stone studded t-strap pointed heels emerged, just as perfect as they looked online.

I am extremely pleased with the price, fit, and style of these shoes. A little off-brand never hurt anyone, especially when it is as lovely as this pair that I’m about to parade around town in.

So, HAPPY BIRTHDAY to my feet!

Peace, love, and fashion happiness,

Lauren

ps I’ll be posting more pictures on my Instagram later tonight, @outfitaday365.

UPDATE:

Here is the gorgeous daytime outfit I have assembled to display my new heels around town. Not to mention it’s 80 degrees and sunny, one of the most beautiful days this year. Happy me!

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It’s warming up… slowly!

The forecast for the week calls for mid-50s, this is weather I can handle. The snow piles have disappeared, leaving behind giant puddles and grey slush; perfect rain boot weather. Nevertheless, my feet have been dying to slip into a pair of sky high heels and strut about the city. I can finally dust off my heels and embrace the crop top trend.

I have slowly started transitioning out of my winter wardrobe. This was one of my last dark, wintery outfits before I reintroduced pastels and neons.

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As I prepared for my night out, I realized that I would not be needing a heavy winter jacket. Such a relief to not lug that bulky thing around. Instead I opted for a structured pleather jacket. The sleek cuts of the jacket paired perfectly with the flowing blouse and skinny jeans. The accessories brought everything together; leopard print heels and a beaded statement necklace. Both black and gold and sassy!

P.S. I couldn’t forget to add the precious moment I was having with my always fashionable fur babies!

Peace, love, and fashion happiness,

Lauren

Date night deserves a little bit of fabulous

I cannot rave enough about how fabulous I felt going on out for date night in this outfit. As much as I love to wear my sleek LBDs and stilettos, the weather was not permitting. The (faux) fur vest adds a bit of flair and warmth during the cold nights walking downtown, and the pleather pants keep everything exciting. Add the Coach wedges and statement necklace for perfect finishing touches.

Here’s a little insider on my outfit pieces: the Coach wedges are last season’s model that I got for 80% off (with the help of coupons) at Macy’s, the Bar III blouse I got on special for 65% off at Macy’s, and the necklace on clearance at Dry Goods for $3! No high end designer or department store prices in this outfit. With a little patience waiting for the right sales and the coupons, anyone can find and buy these discounted pieces of clothing at their local mall.

Peace, love, and fashion happiness,

Lauren