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November 2016

Friend Feature: Lauren Grimm

Posted in Fashion
on November 30, 2016

img_8342Welcome to the second installment of my friend feature series!! Today you all get to meet my friend Lauren. Lauren and I were in the same sorority, and we met freshman year. She’s so sweet, and has the brightest smile! Her outfits always look bomb, and she has more of a preppy style that she can totally pull off. During our shoot we did 3 separate looks that really showcase her style + bring out a little holiday spirit. 🙂

This first outfit that Lauren put together is super cute and definitely fits her preppy style! Lauren told me she’s been absolutely obsessed with turtlenecks right now, so we featured them in 2 of the outfits. She’s seriously such a natural in front of the camera, too. These are some of my absolute favorite shots we got!

Outfit Details

White Turtleneck  TJ Maxx | Quilted Vest Vineyard Vines | Riding Boots TJ Maxx | Belt J. Crew | Handbag (Similar) Kate Spade | Sunglasses Target | Necklace Tiffany & Co. | Pearl Earrings Nordstrom

img_8534This next outfit that we shot is super classic! Perfect for a holiday look.

Outfit Details

Coat Kate Spade | Black Pants LC by Lauren Conrad | Black Booties TJ Maxx | Earrings Kendra Scott | Anchor Ring James Avery | Purse Kate Spade

This last look is my absolute favorite!! Lauren looks absolutely stunning in red. This outfit is super cute for holidays, too- it would be perfect for Christmas Eve!

Outfit Details

Red Turtleneck TJ Maxx | Black Skirt Macy’s | Bow Heels LC by Lauren Conrad | Necklace Gifted | Pearl Earrings Nordstrom | Anchor Ring James Avery

Now for my favorite part: the interview!

Tell us a little about yourself! 

Hello! My name is Lauren and I’m a girl from California who currently lives in Texas, and whose heart is in the Northeast! When I’m not studying, I love to sail, travel, shop, and reread my Harry Potter books 🙂

In 3 words, how would you describe your style?

I would say classic, preppy, and comfy. It’s always a win when I can combine all three!

Who are your favorite people to go to for style inspiration?

I get inspiration from everywhere, but my top inspirational ladies would have to be Kate Middleton because I adore how beautiful and put together she always is, Sarah Vickers for her classic preppy style, and Lauren Conrad for whenever I want to channel my inner California girl!

Where are your favorite go-to places to shop?

My go-to stores would have to be Vineyard Vines, Ralph Lauren, and J Crew for when I’m going for more of a northeastern prep kind of look, Kate Spade for jewelry and purses (and the occasional splurge on their cute coats!), and TJ Maxx for whenever I want to find cute shoes for a great price!

Any trends that you’re loving right now?

Lately I have seen a lot of outfits with a nod to the nineties, and my favorite comeback look would have to be wearing flannels around my waist! It’s perfect for those Fall days in Texas when it’s not very cold and not too hot, but you still want to look like you’re dressing for Fall!

What are 3 products you can’t live without?

My beauty must haves include Batiste Dry Shampoo, Urban Decay’s eyeshadow in the color “Sin”, and my Chanel Les Beiges powder!

Where can people find you?

Instagram: @laurenthegrimm

Hope all of you have enjoyed getting to know Lauren + about her style! Be sure to keep your eyes peeled for the next one 🙂

The Art of Dressing the Part

Posted in Fashion
on November 28, 2016

img_1024Being that I’m only a little over a year away from graduation, I’ve finally had to come to terms with the fact that it’s time for me to start adulting… (I’m crying too.)

With becoming a REAL grown-up comes having professional grown-up clothes. I struggled a lot the past few years at career fairs searching for internship because I’ve always thought of business professional attire as being stuffy, itchy, and boring- but it really doesn’t have to be! There are actually a ton of ways to style business professional clothes by incorporating your own style without looking boring. I’m hoping to share a few of my business-professional/business casual outfit ideas with y’all, because I know sometimes I need some inspiration too!

 

I found this dress at TopShop and paired some super simple black pieces with gold accents to go with it. When it comes to business wear, my rule-to-live-by is keep it simple. I usually try and stick to one focus color, and two neutrals to complement it. This way nothing looks to busy & it makes it so much easier to pair outerwear.

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I love this pair of heels to go with dresses when your toes want a break from being crammed into a pair of pumps. Plus, I wear these all the time with casual date outfits too- they’re so versatile, it’s such an essential!

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I also LOVE this Tory Burch bag- it comes with a detachable strap, so you can wear it as a clutch or a crossbody bag. I personally think carrying it as a clutch totally transforms the look. If you find a bag that has a detachable strap, you basically have a two-in-one!

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Like I said, it’s important to keep it simple! I paired this outfit with two delicate gold bracelets- they add a nice touch without being too much.

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Hopefully this outfit gave you some inspiration- let me know what you think!

My Favorite Black Friday Picks

Posted in Fashion
on November 26, 2016

fullsizeoutput_24eeHi friends!! So I know today’s not going according to my posting schedule, but I did want to get this post up for you all ASAP- I’m sharing all of my Black Friday holiday shopping picks!! Most of these sales run all the way through until Monday, and some will go on for even after that- so if any of y’all see something you like, be sure to run out and grab it!!

I personally didn’t end up doing TOO much damage this Black Friday- which, trust me, is a rare occurrence- but I did find some pretty sweet deals! Let’s get into it!

We have an outlet mall here in Dallas that’s actually super close to my house, around 15 minutes away. After stuffing myself full of yummy goodness on the night of Thanksgiving, we headed straight over to the outlets! It was insanely crowded, and I ran into about 75% of my high school (don’t you love when that happens?) But I ended up leaving with some cute stuff!

**Note: I wasn’t able to get photos of everything for y’all just because the lighting wasn’t cooperating with me at the time, and the sun began to set before I could shoot pictures of everything! But I will do my best to include screenshots of the items with links in case y’all wanted to go get some for yourself 🙂

At the outlets I really only bought things from 2 stores- Kate Spade & the GAP.

I’m not a HUGE fan of Kate Spade, but I was need of a few new bags just for everyday use- I’ve been using my Longchamp like crazy since I got it, and I wanted to mix it up a little! I was looking for a more functional bag- something nice and roomy with easy access, and I found just that!img_9482

This purse came out to only $95 after tax- definitely a steal in my book! I know a lot of y’all may not have access to an outlet mall, so in case you’re not able to run to the outlet, be sure to shop on their website or their regular in-line stores! They always run some pretty sweet deals, and if you’re a student they always have their 15% off student discount, which you can stack on top of other discounts. At the outlet, Kate Spade was offering 70% off– so for those of you lucky ducks who have access to the outlets, definitely stop by!

I also grabbed these two bags while I was there- I seriously just couldn’t pass them up! The one on the left was $30, and the one on the right was a little more- gift for my mommy! I also got a ton of little accessories for only $9 each. YES, $9 EACH. Insane, I know! They were so cute too, but since I wasn’t able to shoot pictures of them all, I’ll do my best to leave the links! You’ll definitely be seeing them in my future outfit posts. img_9498img_9508Screen Shot 2016-11-26 at 4.40.37 PM.pngGap Factory is doing 50-70% the entire store. I’ve been searching for a trench coat for the longest time, but this is the first one that I’ve found for a decent price that fits me well. I found it at GAP, for only $28- CRAZY. FYI: if you’re ordering online, they do run true to size! Get it here.

At Gap I also grabbed a few pajamas- all pajama pants are on sale for only $10, so I definitely had to take advantage. Gap is also doing additional 40% off clearance.Screen Shot 2016-11-26 at 4.43.48 PM.png

Then on actual Black Friday, I went to the Northpark Mall in Dallas & shopped for a good part of the day. Here are the best deals I found:

At H&M, they really weren’t offering too many great deals, except for a few pieces of the Black Friday Collection spread throughout the store. All I ended up getting is this glittery bodysuit that I thought would be perfect for holiday parties, and a white blazer- you can never have too many blazers!

Screen Shot 2016-11-26 at 4.37.29 PM.pngUnfortunately the bodysuit’s sold out in the glittery color now, but they do have the black one for only $5!! It’s a nice quality, and at that price heck yes I’ll take it! They also don’t have the white blazer I found in store for $15 anymore, but if you have an H&M where you live stop by and check!!

At Northpark we also stopped by Tory Burch, and they’re doing 30% off all purchases over $250. Tory Burch rarely ever does sales, so of course I had to take advantage! Here’s a few of my favorite picks from the store:

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Keep in mind that you CAN stack the 30% on sale items… just saying… 😉 Get them here.

Banana Republic also has a ton of great deals right now! They’re offering 50% off 5 items- keep in mind that this is the biggest discount they offer all year long, so if you love Banana definitely take advantage while you can. For those of y’all who aren’t super familiar with Banana Republic, they have some really awesome classic pieces, and really great wardrobe staples. My boyfriend swears by their jeans. Screen Shot 2016-11-26 at 4.50.05 PM.png

How cute is this coat?! 50% off 5 items with code “BRFIVE”- get it here.

Last but most definitely not least, Nordstrom! Nordstrom’s offering 20% additional off of their sale items. It takes a little bit of digging, but they have some pretty awesome stuff on their site. Here are a few of my favorites!

Cheers to sweet deals, am I right?! I hope y’all find this useful & end up picking up some great steals- Black Friday shopping is and always has been one of my favorite times of the year. I’m definitely a bargain shopper, so I love a good deal. Happy Black Friday weekend & Cyber Monday, I can’t wait to see everything y’all score!

Pretty in Pink

Posted in Fashion
on November 25, 2016

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Hope everyone had a wonderful turkey day yesterday!! Today I decided to put a little spin on my typical outfit posts and show you guys how I styled this pretty pink coat two different ways! Not only do they vary by style, but they’re also catered towards different climate temperatures. Play around with them, and make them your own! Both are super simple and extremely easy to recreate.

The coat that I featured in this post is actually from Old Navy! Crazy, right? It’s actually a decent-quality coat, and it was only $30. CRAZY, I KNOW. I have it linked here so you can go grab yourself one! Original retail price is $60 I believe, but with their sale it was half off. The sale is over for now, but on Black Friday Old Navy’s doing half off the entire store- so go get yourself one! They also have it in a few different colors as well! I snagged another one in the tan color.

Look #1

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For look number one I played into the pink of the coat a little bit, by adding this weaved statement necklace from H&M. I threw on a fluffy black sweater and some black denim jeans, with some black booties to keep the focus on the pink. With this brown Birkin-style bag, I didn’t want to keep the outfit 80% black, so I played around with the tones in this bag to match the outfit. It’s all about preference! A white handbag would go super cute too. This outfit’s definitely super easy and comfortable for a cold winter day spend running errands. If you get cold, just throw on a few more layers and you’ll be good to go.

Look #2

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The second outfit is a little more for those warmer winter days, when the sun’s out and it’s not super windy. You could definitely switch out the booties for a pair of thigh high boots if it’s a little colder where you are, too! I played with textures in this combination, with the wool coat, cable-knit sweater, corduroy skirt, and suede booties. I kept it pretty bare with the accessories, with the exception of this pretty accent earring. Pretty much all neutrals in this one, with a pop of color from the coat!

Let me know what you think of this style of post! See y’all soon!

P.S. Happy black Friday!! Hope y’all get all the deals 🙂 I’ll be showing y’all soon a post of everything I got, so keep your eyes peeled for that coming soon!

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A Simple Saturday

Posted in Fashion
on November 23, 2016

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Outfit Details

Army Jacket Target (Similar) | Black Tank Express | Jeans Nordstrom BP | Booties | Earrings Kendra Scott

I’ve been on the hunt for a military-inspired jacket for the longest time- they’re so perfect for both fall and spring! They’re so versatile, because the olive color can be easily combined with both fall and spring tones. Now that it’s fall, though, I thought it’d pair well with a pair of darker wash jeans & a black top. The whole look is so effortless!

I’m also absolutely in love with this pair of earrings- the stone is seriously so pretty! They’re by Kendra Scott, and Kendra’s also doing 20% off from now through Monday night online & in store, so if you like them go treat yourself! Link here. Just a precaution though: the Kendra website’s been a little janky today because of excessive traffic, so have patience & check back if it’s not working for you!

***PSA: Target’s doing 30% off all apparel for their Black Friday sale, so take advantage! This similar jacket’s on sale for only $28, so with the 30% off it comes down to only around $20- say whaaat?!

Let me know what you’ve been loving lately, I can’t wait to hear!!