19 Dec 2014

Shearling love

I’ll be real with you: I am an outerwear connoisseur. You really can never have enough coats! I recently got my first shearling coat which I am absolutely in love with. I wanted to share it with you all, because if you order it before Saturday, you get free 3-day shipping, and this coat would make SUCH a great Christmas gift!

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Shearling Aviator Coat | Aviator Sunglasses | Gold Feather Earrings

I love this coat because for me, it’s a little out of my realm of norm for outerwear. I didn’t have a single item in my wardrobe that looked like this. Plus if you’re planning a trip to the mountains or a cabin anytime this winter, this coat is PERFECT for those trips, and for traveling! It’s also such a classic coat that I know I’ll be able to wear for years to come!

Hope you’re able to enjoy this coat as much as I am – or get it for someone who will!

xx, lauren

18 Dec 2014

Top Knot || How To

Ladies and gentlemen (well, probably just ladies but you never know). I am SO excited to feature Tracy Melton on today’s post! Tracy did my hair and make-up for my wedding day and is incredibly gifted. In addition to that, she’s just the cutest thing you’ll ever meet!

Lots of girls have asked me how to do a good top-knot. The ones I do on my own are always super messy and fall down, so Tracy here has created a step-by-step tutorial (pictures included!) to teach you all how to get the perfect top-knot. Enjoy!


Dress | Scarf | Earrings | Booties | Nail Color | Gold link bracelet | David Yurman bracelet

Here’s Tracy’s step-by-step instructions!

Start by gathering your hair into a high ponytail at the crown and securing it with a hair band.

Once secured, take a comb and give your mane a tease. Teasing is an important step if you have fine or thin hair – helps to bulk it up and give it some grip.

From there, simply twist the teased ponytail (loosely) to help form the shape.

Continue by wrapping the twisted hair around the base of the hair band creating the bun shape.

Secure in place with bobby pins. Don’t be scared to tug at the bun to get it to the desired height and shape. Tuck in any strays and finish off with hair spray. You’re all set!

Tip: To make this look more messy and lived-in, take the palms of your hands and rub them on your temples and near your ears to loosen up more face framing hairs. You can also pull on your bun to make it more textured.

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Photos by: Kristen Dee Photography

15 Dec 2014

survival kit | holiday edition

The month of December it seems like every week there is either a holiday party, holiday brunch, holiday meeting….holiday everything! Which I absolutely love. The first question that always comes to mind though is, “what to wear?” I figured a lot of you think the same way, so I decided to put together a guide of some must-have items to get you through these fabulous holiday parties!

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Top (on sale for $15!) | Earrings | Necklace | Leather Legging | Lip color | Nail Color | Watch | Bracelet

Essential #1: Leather leggings

Leather leggings are a must-have in every wardrobe, and not just for holiday season. They are so easy to throw on with a sweater or any blouse and you instantly have a chic and ready to go look. Here are a few of my favorite leather leggings:

Essential #2: Tops with sparkle
I don’t know about you but on an everyday basis, I’m not much of a “bling” girl. That’s the beauty of holiday season though – it totally justifies adding some sparkle to your wardrobe! Here are a few great tops for any holiday event:

Essential #3: Gold Accents
Great gold accents really do complete any holiday look. Here are a few of my faves (great for everyday or for parties!)

Essential #4: Beauty

You really can’t attend any holiday party without the perfect red lip, red nails, and shimmer eye shadow. Here are my go-to’s for those categories:

What about you? Let us know what your essential holiday items are!

xo, Lauren

13 Dec 2014

40% off…everything!

While I do 99% of my shopping these days online, my husband decided today we should do some Christmas shopping at the mall. On a Saturday, just 12 days before Christmas. Needless to say it was a psycho experience, but I did stumble across the LOFT 40% OFF sale and picked up a few goodies!

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Sweater | Jeans | Necklace | Booties

While we were at the mall, Michael and I decided to divide and conquer to accomplish more shopping. He actually surprised me though with a new coat from Banana Republic that I had been eyeing, because it’s now 40% off! Along with their whole site, today only! Obviously I had to try it on right when we left the mall, so don’t judge the outfit combo. I do love that this coat can look great with anything though!


Shop all the items that were in my shopping bag from today’s sales!

12 Dec 2014

stocking stuffers for days

I don’t know about you, but stockings are definitely my favorite part of Christmas. I can’t even explain it but something about a bunch of small gifts just makes my heart so happy! I’ve rounded up some of the best stocking stuffers (all under $50!) that are sure to please whoever you are buying for! All of these items will also ship for free! Some of them are so good you may just need to gift yourself as well. xoxo

11 Dec 2014

The ultimate SALE shopping guide

For all you online shoppers, the tock is ticking on your Christmas Shopping! You’ve only got a few days left to make online purchases so you know they get here in time for Christmas. I’ve rounded up the best sales going on to help you wrap up that shopping!

Nordstrom’s markdowns right now are AMAZING, and they truly have gifts for everyone on your list. Here are a few of my faves from their sale: (hover over the + signs to get links to shop!)

Other incredible sales going on, for your Christmas shopping (or shopping for holiday outfits!):

Still need more gift ideas? Check out some items I’ve purchased recently for girlfriends or added to my own wishlist!

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