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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Three things to NEVER wear to Thanksgiving

Holiday gatherings are filled with family, love, and food- lots and LOTS of food! Here’s the dilemma: you want to look cute AND comfortable when feasting on Grandma’s turkey. And you not have to sacrifice one for the other. What you wear can be just as important as what you are piling upon your plate.

Here are a three things to NEVER wear on Thanksgiving (or any other family gathering) so you won’t regret your outfit three slices into apple pie or miss out on an impromptu game of flag football.

  1. Fringe, feather, or anything that can find its way into the food. It may sound and look glamorous, but, there is nothing glamorous when reaching for the gravy and your outfit finds its way into the mashed potatoes.
  2. Body-con or bandage dresses. You should be enjoying the massive amounts of food and laughter happening around the table, not worrying if you food baby will be peaking through. Plus, you can end up torturing your gut and restricting it from properly digesting.
  3. Strappy, 6-inch heels. Wobbling around the dinner table, whether from painful blisters or too many glasses of wine, can lead to no good. You’ll be too worried about your feet to enjoy the day. Not to mention, there is definitely no joining in a friendly game of football.

So, you’ve avoided these three pieces of clothing, what’s left to wear? Here are couple outfits from my Instagram to give you holiday inspiration…

 

Peace, love, and fashion happiness,

Lauren

Show some holiday love this “Small Business Saturday”

Thanksgiving is only 15 days away- the official beginning of Christmas shopping madness. I am happy to say that I began hunting for gifts in March- no last minute craziness for me, although I do enjoy it.

However, this season I vowed to shop a little differently. I want to purchase the majority of my Christmas gifts from local businesses.

Small Business Saturday, the Saturday following Thanksgiving, was created as a counterpart to the Black Friday and Cyber Monday. It is a day created to support local businesses that create jobs and boost the economy. “For every $100 spent at a local business, $68 returns to the community,” states Civic Economics.

I understand there is a chance this venture can more costly than purchasing at large corporations and chain retailers, but I also know the positive impact it will have. When I buy from the local boutiques, toy stores, and coffee shops I am helping to embrace what makes my community unique. You can do the same, wherever in the world you live!

The most beautiful, eclectic, unique items can be found when shopping local or small businesses. I recently purchased a woolen snood and knit hat from Posh– a chic boutique in town. I highly recommend visiting if you are in the Rochester area.

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And hopefully I can continue this shopping habit throughout the year. There are 364 more days in the year filled with other holidays and birthdays that I intend to shop local as well.

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Will you be showing small businesses some extra love this year?

Peace, love, and fashion happiness,

Lauren

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

Even Mary Poppins gets in the Halloween spirit

Halloween arrives every year on the same day, October 31st. You’d think that I would finally be prepared for the day- costume already chosen, prepped, and ready.

Once again the night before I am going back and forth between 20 costumes trying to determine which would be the cutest, cheapest, and most original. Scouring through my closet for viable Halloween clothing, I discovered I had several key pieces for one simple costume.

Mary Poppins! The costume is quite simple and broken down into a few key components:

-White button-up shirt
-Black skirt (long or short)
-Black tights
-Black heels
-Black hat
-Red bow (children’s department at JcPenny)
-Red fake flowers (dollar store)
-Black umbrella (optional)

Voila!

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Mary Poppins Costume

People this weekend will see this magical nanny prancing around downtown umbrella and a spoonful of sugar packed away in her bag.

Hope everyone has a supercalifragilisticexpialidocious Halloween!

Peace, love, and fashion happiness,

Mary Poppins (aka Lauren)

More clothes = more exercise?

I worked hard this summer- spent long hours at the office, ate a [strict] healthy diet, and exercised on occasion. Mostly it was my energetic lifestyle and the long summer hours that kept me in check.

Now the days have shortened, the hours in the office have decreased (only slightly), and I’m craving comfort food as the weather chills. I have a wedding lurking in the near future that I need to stay toned and healthy for. Plus, I can’t afford to pay for dress alterations, as it fit perfectly several weeks ago.

What is a girl to do? Buy more athletic clothes of course!

I figured to jumpstart a healthy and sustainable lifestyle, I should have new clothes to support it. If I feel confident and excited to put on my workout clothes, I’ll be more willing to actually workout. That is half the battle right there.

Obviously I am not the only one with the same thinking process. Kate Hudson recently launched her adorable new activewear line, Fabletics, designed to transition from workouts to daily activities. Why should you wear torn t-shirts or Soffe shorts you’ve owned since high school while out for a run or during yoga?

I purged my closet. I cleared it of all torn, stained, and oversized t-shirts and shorts- which left me with basically nothing. And I obviously can’t work out nude. So, I’ve been scoping out new activewear replacements online for possible purchases, which I don’t recommend doing late at night while home alone.

A pair of Lululemon I've been drooling over.
A pair of Lululemon leggings I’ve been drooling over lately. Perfect to transition from workout to brunch!

And it has seemed to work thus far- I’ve also purchased a class pass to this fabulous, hidden-gem fitness boutique, Studio on Third. My new addiction is Barre. After my years of dance this workout really speaks to me. Has anyone else given it a try?

To everyone looking to make a jump-start a healthy lifestyle- you can do it! You deserve a new outfit. There is no shame in feeling and looking beautiful while getting your sweat on.

Peace, love, and fashion happiness,

Lauren