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

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

Thank you, Mom, for helping me find my fashion identity

Mothers are the earliest influencers of fashion. From the ugly, bear patterned onesie adorned in infancy, to the wedding dress worn down the aisle.I can’t thank my mother enough for helping me find my fashion identity, and realizing I don’t need a label to define me.

Parading me through Macy’s (once a Hudson’s and then Marshall Field’s) at a young age was always my favorite bonding time. We would admire the clothes and try on beautiful shoes all while gossiping about work, school, and everything in-between. It was a free space to relax and escape the day, occasionally with a new shirt or pants.

My mother has impeccable style, which was fortunately passed onto me. At a young age she learned how to sew and design her own clothes, even sewing her own wedding dress! Aside from the occasional (and quite awful) matching sibling outfits, my mother always knew what was stylish and fashionable. She would make sure I was on top of the trends when I was young, and allowed me to experiment with styles as I aged, even when money was short.

Not sure my father was too pleased with our weekly (usually twice weekly) shopping excursions, but I owe all my fashion interest and desire to blog because of those trips with my mom.

Could my parents be any cuter? Even on her honeymoon excursion in the 80's she was adorable!
Could my parents be any cuter? Even on her honeymoon excursion in the 80’s she was adorable!

Now living five states away I would give anything to have those weekly trips back. When I’m feeling bored, lonely, or looking for inspiration I will drive to the Macy’s in town to wander the clothing racks. Thankfully, with advancing technology, there is usually a FaceTime chat involved. Almost like being with her. Besides, I need my mom’s true opinion about a clearance dress or shirt, no sugar coating necessary.

A mother’s support and encouragement is the most amazing gift life can give. Besides, it’s is great to have someone who doesn’t sugar coat

So, thank you, Mom, for helping me find my fashion identity and much more. This post is for you, and all the other fashion-forward, amazing moms out there!

Happy Mother's Day

And a Happy Mother’s Day this Sunday!

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

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

Evening of glitz and glamour

There are not many times that you can attend a black tie event, especially when you are on a tighter budget. So, when I was given the chance to snag two tickets to the annual Chair Affair After Glow Party, supporting the local Boys and Girls Club, I jumped at the chance.

As always, I rushed to Macy’s for a last minute formal dress and accessories. Scouring through the racks I quickly became discouraged. There was not much to choose from, and the sizes left behind were 10x too large. Then a hint of sparkle caught my eye buried within several dresses. My heart leapt with excitement as I pulled out a stunning clearance gown IN MY SIZE! In addition, I found a beautiful clearance bracelet and earrings to match perfectly. With the help of reduced prices and a 25% off coupon, I got my entire outfit for less than $110 that would have normally been $400! You can’t beat 75% savings!

The event was amazing; an excellent DJ that kept attendees dancing late into the night, delicious food and beverages, and the community coming together for a great cause. Over $300,000 was raised to help the local youth! I’m already looking forward to next year with my handsome date…

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Peace, love, and fashion happiness,

Lauren

Night of Flowers and Love

Hard to believe Valentine’s Day was a week ago. The night flew by and I didn’t even have time to admire the special outfit I planned. It was a romantic evening, filled with candles and live jazz at Hell’s Kitchen, and needed to be accompanied by the perfect outfit.

Floral Print + Red Lips + Sky High Heels = The PERFECT Outfit

After scouring my closet and snagging an “on sale” Bar III dress from Macy’s, I created this lovely outfit.

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Hope everyone had a wonderful evening, filled with decadent desserts and lots of love!

Peace, love, and fashion happiness,

Lauren xoxo