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

Never Stop Adding to the Shoe Collection

Every woman has heard it- high heels are nothing but trouble. Deformed feet, back pain, and shortened calve muscles to name a few problems instigated by them.

But, as a 20-something woman I would gladly choose a day of aching feet and lower back pain to wear the beautiful stilettos and wedges gracing my closet. There is a sense of allure and excitement felt when you slip on pair of sky-high heels, ready to face the world.

I have several go-to heels, and I can’t help but search for more! Here are several pairs I’m hoping to add {soon} to my never-ending collection, all within a small budget, except one pair (you always have to dream)…

Jessica Simpson Chandra Mule in New Colbalt- pairs perfectly with bermuda shorts or a skater dress for an evening out.

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One Little Song White High Heel Sandals– excellent for summer days exploring a new city in crisp, patterned shorts or a romper.

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Steve Madden Stecy Ankle Strap Heels in Rose Gold- now I can take my love for rose gold jewelry to my feet; fantastic for dressing up boyfriend jeans or a LBD.

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Vince Camuto Abbia Booties– the perfect amount of “tough chick” for a rocking day-to-night summer outfit.

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And for that one splurge… I’ve been dreaming of this pair for years, Christian Louboutin So Kate Pumps in Nude. Nothing screams “I have my life together” like a polished and perfected pair of designer nude pumps.

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What are types of shoes are you hoping to add to your closet?

Peace, love, and fashion happiness,

Lauren

Where’s my denim dress?

There has been one piece of clothing I’ve been dying to add to my closet; a light-medium wash, 3/4 sleeve denim dress. I have a particular design in my head and a small budget to support it.

The denim dress is a HOT trend right now. Not to mention, it’s versatile and easy, making the perfect addition to my wardrobe. This piece of clothing can be worn relaxed with flats and a scarf to brunch, then dressed up with heels and a sequined clutch to the bar in the evening.

So, here is what my countless hours of online searching have produced:

Kut from the Kloth Denim Dress

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Two-Pocket Chambray Shirt Dress

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Liz Claiborne 3Q Sleeve Belted Shirt Dress

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Sami and Dani Pullover Chambray Dress

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Blue Merona Belted Denim Shirt Dress

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There’s probably plenty more denim dresses to choose from, however, here’s what fit into my budget and have caught my eye thus far.

Which dress do you prefer? I would love to show off this multitalented trend soon. Plus, I need an excuse to drive to the mall and spend some hard-earned money…

Peace, love, and fashion happiness,

Lauren

Dressing up denim

What do neon yellow, geometric patterns, and denim have in common? They make for a fantastic outfit! Denim shirts are a staple for every closet. I personally own four, all of varying shades; ranging from dark wash with studs, to pale and lightweight.

For this particular outfit I used my medium washed Else denim button up and added a RACHEL Rachel Roy geometric skirt, both from Macy’s clearance last summer. The skirt is made of a thicker, sweater material, giving the outfit a relaxed feeling. You can always tell when a woman feels relaxed and comfortable in an outfit, it shines through.

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Accessorizing is the key to dressing denim up or down. In this case, I used colorful heels and earrings to keep it more chic and flirty. I also added several bracelets from Alex and Ani. I’ll definitely be doing another post highlighting this great jewelry company, I can’t rave enough about their stylish bracelets.

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My next item I’m on my list is a denim dress. There is one inparticular that I spotted during my last trip to the Forever 21, the “Buttoned Denim Shirt Dress” in medium denim.

I’d love to know what else everyone is stocking up on as the warm weather arrives. What is your denim must-have this summer? 

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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Standing out in a world of jeans and t-shirts

The other day while wearing this particular outfit around town, I had several individuals ask me, “Where are you going all dressed up?”

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I guess wearing anything other than jeans and a t-shirt sparks curiosity. When I “dress up” I feel accomplished and polished, ready for what the day has to throw at me. Yes, I do wear jeans and cozy clothes as some may ask, especially on Sunday mornings. However, I feel most comfortable in a a full bodied skirt and a pair of heels. And, no it does not cost a fortune to dress this way. I just purchased this adorable Tiffany blue skirt for $33 at a local boutique, and the button up shirt and heels are both from Forever 21, priced less than $20 each.

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Don’t feel ashamed or intimated to throw on something other than an overused, old pair of jeans. What’s the worst that can happen? You’ll end up being the best dressed in the room.

Just as Oscar Wilde says, “You can never be overdressed or overeducated.”

Peace, love, and fashion happiness,

Lauren

Last Friday Night!

Zipping up my geometric, cupcake-shaped dress and slipping on my neon heels I knew it was going to be an amazing girls night out!  There is something so exciting getting dressed up and snazzy with your girlfriends.

I stuffed my vintage clutch with miscellaneous shades of lipstick, grabbed my Betsey Johnson bow earrings, and ran out the door elated for the Friday night ahead.

 

My outfit stayed within a black and white theme, with an added splash of neon yellow on my feet. With such plain colors, it’s always nice to throw in an unexpected “pop of color.”

I wouldn’t say our evening ended up like a lyric out of Katy Perry’s song, but it was still pretty awesome with my lovely girls.

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Peace, love, and fashion happiness,

Lauren