Sunday, November 29, 2009

Hold Me Closer Tiny Dancer

I danced for 10 years of my life.. ballet, jazz, tap, hip hop. I was even captain of the dance team in high school. Although I'm not in classes anymore, I'm always the first person to hit the dance floor. My dance background definitely has an impact on my wardrobe choices. I tend to gravitate towards tulle, sequins, and ballet flats reminiscent of my old dance costumes.

I love this 2008 Vogue Germany editorial with the ever-so-graceful Karlie Kloss.

xoxo, Lauren

Thursday, November 26, 2009

All Hail Retail

In theory, I should love Black Friday! It's every fashion lover and bargain hunter's dream right? Clothes, accessories & anything else you could ever want for steeply marked down discounts.

The only thing that stops me from waking up at the crack of dawn the morning after Thanksgiving is that the whole event just plain stresses me out. I love good deals, but waiting in lines for hours and fighting off people for the last pair of heels is not my idea of fun.

This is why, this year I've decided to do my black friday shopping from the comfort of my own comfy couch and pajamas.

I've rounded up what I think are some of the best online deals
  • 20% off at Swell using code: PREPARTY
  • 25% off at Labellush with the code: THNKS25
  • 20% off at Delia's
  • $20 party tops at Express
  • 20% off at Nasty Gal Vintage with code: BLACKFRI
  • 25% off handmade designs at etsyshop t8designs
  • 40% off full price items at Chickdowntown.com
  • BOGO 1/2 off sweaters, outerwear, denim & free shipping @ Pacific Sunwear
  • An additional 25% off sale items at Intermix with code: HOME25
  • 40% off everything at Shop Moderne with code: BLKFRI40
Let me know your best finds & i'll add them to the list. happy shopping!

xoxo, lauren

Monday, November 23, 2009

More Than a Last Name

Dree Heminway is famous literary, Ernest Hemingway's great-granddaughter..she's also an incredibly chic model. Her willowy frame and all-American good looks would make a paper bag look fashionable on her, but she has a great personal sense of style! She's quickly becoming an editorial favorite, was named the new face of Mango, and a fashion favorite.

Here's a few of her looks that have been inspiring me:







She chooses a lot of drainpipe skinny jeans, slouchy tanks, leather & masculine jackets, and chunky knits-- always paired with a pair of leg lengthening platform pumps. I love that she always looks polished yet not overly styled!

Whose style has been inspiring you lately?

xoxo, lauren

Friday, November 20, 2009

These Clothes are Something Else!

When I saw the Aussie clothing line, Something Else's lookbook I couldn't help but love all the pieces. Upon reading up on the line I found out that it's designed by Natalie Wood, the same stylish artist whose amazing closet I lusted after a few months ago. These looks are from the "Southern Hemisphere" collection, her"Northern Hemisphere" collection is a polar opposite with tribal prints and vibrant colors; each with a distinct voice.

These looks are all about what I'm loving for winter: thick leggings, architectural heels, whimsical graphic tees, layers galore, topped off with a rebellious leather motorcycle jacket. As much as I love color, the muted gray, black, and white color palate let the clothes speak for themselves. I love!

xoxo, lauren

Thursday, November 19, 2009

"I Was 99.9% Sure I Was Dreaming"- Bella Swan

via November Harper's Bazaar

I'm one of those people, among millions that will be at the movie theaters at midnight to see the next installment in the Twilight saga, New Moon. I'm sure i'll be among teenybopper tweens, vampire lusting college students and maybe even a few moms and guys. To be honest, I think it's going to be really amusing and i'm excited to see the movie too!

I love how much Twilight gear stores have been inundated with; from the line at Nordstrom to the custom made tees at CafePress. You can declare which "Team" you're on (werewolf or vampire?), or even sport a Fork High shirt. if you'd like something more subtle. I'm thinking that the life size Edward Cullen cut out would make a great addition to our living room ;)

Are you one of the twilight crazies (i'm guilty as charged) going to the midnight showing or do you think all the hype is dumb?

xoxo, Lauren

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Playing Stylist


Just what I need.. another fashion website to fuel my procrastination and shopping habit! Looklet as most of you already know is a website that allows you to select a model & backdrop and then the fun part; their outfit! I found the application through H&M's website (and my lovely roomie). It all ends up looking right out of a magazine editorial.

I bedecked my model in exactly what looks I'm feeling for fall: lace tights, gray ankle boots, fur shrugs, and a body conscious dress in emerald green.

Have you played around with looklet yet? If so, post your results!

xoxo, lauren

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Feeling Crafty

The other night at a shopping event in town I bought a black bib necklace. I love it-- it instantly dresses up a basic tee and jeans. Some may call it gaudy, but I love a little bit of bling every once in a while. I decided it would be simple enough to make and was feeling crafty so I made one of my own!

Supplies:

  • Stiff Felt (The particular style I chose had a tie dye background)
  • Rhinestone Jewels (I got an assorted pack + black pyramid stud gems)
  • Black Satin Ribbon
  • Hot Glue Gun

I cut the felt out in the shape of the bib necklace (sort of a curved circle) and laid down the jewels in the pattern that I wanted then carefully glued them down. Then I glued the ribbon to each side to have ties to adjust the length. It's super inexpensive and easy!

I'd really like to do some DIY's while I have time over Christmas break and maybe even make some gifts! Do you have any DIY ideas or website suggestions?

xoxo, lauren

Friday, November 13, 2009

Go [Rebekah] Green!

It's true diamonds are a girl's best friend, but let's be realistic.. . on my college budget, cubic zirconia and gems are a bit more in my price range! Rebekah Green's earrings are hand made out of recycled 14k and 18k gold and fair trade gemstones. The classic but modern designs are affordable too and could easily make their way into the every day jewelry rotation. The styles use clean lines and many are inspired by nature (like the cherry blossoms and plumeria flowers pictured above).

While reading the designer, Rebekah's, biography I thought it was so cool that she is no newbie to the "green" movement. She was the little elementary school kid educating her classmates about recycling and remodeling homes into eco friendly living places in her twenties. Her entrepreneurial and passion for making the world a better enviroment for everyone is truly inspiring!

xoxo, lauren

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Secret Garden

This weekend, my mom came to visit and we made a trip to a local gardens. It used to be a southern vacation home for a family during the victorian era and now is open to the public. The wrought iron gates, magnolias, ivy covered brick, and trees dripping with moss had an enchanting feel. I wore my vintage boyfriend shorts, pink coverses, and pink cardigan with a rose print tank.

I love getting out and seeing the cultural sights in my area! Especially when the weather has been as beautiful as it has been lately!

xoxo, lauren

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Channel Your Inner: Grunge Goddess

When I saw this shot of Lydia Hearst from the editorial "Renaissance of Grunge" out of Russian Harper's Bazaar I was instantly drawn to it. It has the perfect gritty darkness to it & all of the 90's grunge wardrobe essentials. It's so easy to channel your inner grunge goddess, it's easy to wear one of the pieces on their own to get the look. I like to wear a flannel plaid unbuttoned with a tank underneath, or some rocker leggings with a pair of killer heels.

The grunge period in nineties fashion was in rebellion to the minimalism look that was so popular at the time. It emerged in Seattle along with grunge bands like Nirvana. People flocked to thrift stores for baggy and androgynous plaid flannel shirts. It didn't mean to start a fashion revolution, but the look has lasted for the past two decades.

Will you be sporting any plaid shirts, band tees, or crocheted scarves this winter?

xoxo, lauren

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Cocktail Dresses with a Kick










I fell in love with these not so basic cocktail dresses by Olivia Rubin. The lookbook, shot by Alstair Guy with the splattered paint artist's workplace as the backdrop has the perfect air of creativity. The nerd glasses and hot pink lipstick gives it an art student gone fashion designer feel. All the garments have a youthful energy, any of these dresses would have a happy home in my closet(and those lace up boots too)!!

xoxo, lauren

Saturday, November 7, 2009

Project Reconstruction: Eco Luxe

Last night was my college fashion club's annual fashion show; Project Reconstruction. It's a fashion show featuring garments made from recycled and reconstructed materials. I'm always amazed at the creativity & talent of our university's apparel design students. This year's theme was "Eco Luxe".

The garments are made out of everything from cut up sweaters to tin foil to sushi paper. I helped set up in the morning and it's always so rewarding to see all the hard work come to life when the first model walks out. I loved the Marie Antoinette picture in the background and lit tea lights at the edge of the stage.

Does your school have a fashion club or annual fashion show? I organized a couple of them in high school; it's hard work, but a ton of fun!

xoxo, lauren

Friday, November 6, 2009

Photoshoots, Styling, Male Models.. Oh My!


Loving the mini online series of behind the scenes video at Armani Exchange TV! It's a great sneak peek of how they develop concepts for the photo shoots, styling the clothes, and hair & make-up. I love the dark, industrial looking background juxtaposed against pretty designer clothes.

Not to mention the male models are really ridiculously good looking.. did you see those abs (brings me back to my time in Milan this summer, where I swear every guy on the street could have been a model) ?!

xoxo, lauren

Thursday, November 5, 2009

"Girl, You Look Fierce!"

I got SO excited when the weather dipped below 60 today that I took full advantage and threw on my dotted tights under my cutoff denim. When I was walking to class these two girls stopped me on the street and told me they just wanted to let me know how "fierce" I looked! It definitely started the morning off right!

Dotted Tights have been spotted all over fashion editorials & stylish celebs like Alexa Chung and I can't help but love them. Pair them under denim shorts, sparkly mini dresses, or a tough leather skirt.They're definitely going to be a huge trend for fall/winter and it's a great change from the usual black opaque tights we were all rocking last year!

What do you think about the dotted tights trend?

xoxo, lauren

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Natural Beauty

Let me begin by telling you that although I'm a huge clothes junkie, i'm pretty low maintenance when it comes to my beauty routine. In the morning I just want to dust on some bronzer & add some mascara and chapstick and be out the door.

So, when I found out that i'd have the opportunity to try out RAWMinerals weightless foundation I was pretty excited. As any beauty product that can make me feel like I'm wearing less make-up is a winner in my book. Another plus, is that it doesn't contain the harmful chemicals that most beauty products contain-- it's important to think about what you're putting on your body!

You start off by finding out which foundation shade suits you best, afterwards I brushed on the mineral glow which works like a bronzer giving you sunkissed cheeks. I decided to try it out for a night out. I was pleased with how easy to apply and how it really felt like I wasn't wearing any make-up at all. The picture above was taken showing off my glowing skin. I felt confident and didn't worry about my make-up coming off at all.

If you're interested in the starter kit pictured above you can use coupon code DISCOVERY50 for 50 % off the $180 retail price. The individual mineral make-up starts at $25!

xoxo, lauren

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