Archive | May 2012

Lace.

Lace.

H M lace dress
$29- hm.com

High heels
$33 – modcloth.com

Longchamp tote
$125 – nordstrom.com

J Crew beaded necklace
$24.50 – jcrew.com

J Crew enamel bangle
$20 – jcrew.com

A few days ago I walked into H&M at the mall because I had a bit of time to spare the

day before graduation.  Probably a bad idea because H&M had many classy dresses at

extremely low prices.  Needless to say I was in shoppers heaven.  It took me only a few minutes

before I found this pink lace dress as well as another mint green retro looking dress.  Lately

I have really come to love mint green and light pink together.  The two pastel colors compliment

each other well.  Anyway, I had another dress picked out for graduation but once I saw this pink one

I decided I would have to return my other one.  This one was perfect. At $29, my closet had to have

it.  I already had nude heels and jewelry so the outfit was basically complete.  The addition of

the khaki Longchamp bag came from my special friend’s parents.  An awesome gift idea.  Believe it or not

this was the first purse I have owned.  Usually I am more of a wristlet girl but due to me continuously

leaving it behind at stores, restaurants, etc, J decided it might be time for me to get a purse.

Well I hope you enjoy the outfit combo and it has encouraged you to go out and get it yourself!

Well as always, laugh often and stay on the sunnyside.

L

The complete outfit. A few of the pieces have been modified.

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Bittersweet

GRADUATION WEEKEND!  Here is a glimpse at some of the most important people in my life who were able to share in many of the celebratory yet bittersweet moments that occurred on one of the scariest yet most exciting days in my life thus far.

I love you dad

I love you dad!

Oh, it was my dad’s birthday too!  Double celebration

My special friend J.

 

Megan and Dani- Two of my best friends

 

Some of my best friends.
xoxo

 

Love my parents

 

The whole fam bam!

 

Best Friends and Sisters
xoxo

 

Well thats about it 🙂

Enjoy the nice weather.

As always laugh often and stay on the sunnyside

 

L

Classy and Simple

Classy and Simple

Top
$9 – target.com

J crew
$70 – jcrew.com

Slipper
$168- colehaan.com

J Crew slim belt
$37 – jcrew.com

$24-urbanoutfitters.com

Classy and Simple.  These words describe this outfit perfectly.  I wore this outfit out to dinner yesterday for the special friend’s brother’s birthday.  I must say I definitely had a few women staring at my feet.  The color of the shoes is amazing.   I had just received them that day as a graduation gift from J.  He yet again never fails to amaze me with his great taste. But moving on coral is one of the “in” colors this spring and summer which does not bother me one bit.  Afterall it is my favorite color… that and just about every other bright color.

Yes, yes.  I know some pieces of this outfit are a bit pricey but look alikes may be found at different stores for much lower prices.  Check out h&m.com.

White tank:  Target carries these tanks is just about any color you could imagine.  I have the white and khaki.  If they did not need to be washed I would probably have one of them on everyday.  For only $9 it is a STEAL!

Navy skirt:  Okay, so it is $69 but this skirt is a classic piece and can be paired with just about anything.  Whether it be bright jewelry, shoes, tanks, blouses it is a definite must by if you love skirts as much as I do.

Cole Haan flats: I AM OBSESSED WITH THESE.  Thanks to the best special friend ever I now own them.  If you do not feel like splurging look-a-likes to these flats can be found many other places.  Cap toes are a popular trend now.  They have a few bright colored cap toed flats.  I would suggest checking them out!

Belt:  Bright colored skinny belts.  Another staple item.  I have this one from J.Crew and wear it with everything.  It looks great on anything from jeans to dresses to skirts.  I love the patent leather look of this one too.

Scarf:  Last but not least, the scarf.  I snagged this baby from Urban yesterday.  The bright colors spoke to me and was basically telling me to grab it off the shelf.  Sooo, my lack of self control kicked in and I bought it as an “early graduation gift” to myself.

Well enjoy all the bright colors!

Happy Spring!

As always laugh often and stay on the sunnyside!

L

Work it Out.

Work it Out.

Nike tee
$12 – nike.com

Nike activewear
$16 – nordstrom.com

NIKE lightweight shoes
$100 – zappos.com

Hair accessory
lululemon.com
Working out no longer is a chore when you have cute yet comfortable apparel to work out in.  It is actually a proven fact that people are more motivated to hit the gym when they know they have something cute to put on.  I could not agree more.  As many of you know I have a slight obsession with Nike.  Oh and not to mention anything involving bright colors.  Over the past 9 months I have accumulated quite the load of Nike Frees and just about anything else they make thanks a certain someone.  Nike Frees  are not only the most comfortable shoes but they are quite stylish as well.  I LOVE them.  If you are feeling in a workout slump I encourage you to get out and buy yourself a cute new workout outfit.  And yes, it can be done without breaking the bank.  Here are a few websites that you can buy workout clothes at without depleting your life savings. 😉
Those are jut a few sites.  If you look around there are a plethora of websites that offer apparel at discounted prices.
Nike Frees:  THE most comfortable shoes ever.  I have this exact color, a lime green.  It is crazy how people begin to stare at your feet when you start wearing bright colored shoes.  Although these are $100, great running shoes are worth the investment because you wear them just about everyday.
Nike Top:  Pretty basic but breathable.  It comes in a bunch of different colors.  I picked it out because its a GREAT color and pretty inexpensive.
Nike Spandex:  Yes, these may be a bit bright for spandex but they come in many colors as well.  I own a pair in black and think they are wonderful.  You might be seeing a theme with the apparel I have chosen.  It is all my favorite color: Coral.  Very popular color this season.
Lulu Lemon Headband:  These are awesome headbands.  Usually I find some headbands slip out of my hair but this one is only $12 and literally never falls out.  It has grip strips inside the band which makes it a ‘no slip grip’.  The thickness varies and the color assortment is never ending.  Lately they have been coming out with some pretty fun patterns as well.
Now go shopping and treat yourself to a cute outfit. You deserve it. Oh and don’t forget to follow up your trip to the mall with some ice cream.  It is 49 cent cone season at McDonalds!  WOOO-HOOO!
Well as always laugh often and stay on the sunnyside,
L

Turquoise and Black

Turquoise and Black

Dress
$50 – target.com

Sandals
$20 – target.com

Yellow gold jewelry
$15 – target.com

Gemstone bangle
$11 – windsorstore.com

Lately I have been on the hunt for the perfect black maxi dress.  Long dresses never really tickled my fancy but after seeing them on a few of my friends and in many fashion magazines I thought I would try one as well.  I shopped around online and went to the mall a few times but couldn’t seem to find the one that fit the picture I had in my mind.  I found a few classy Maxi’s but none that were in my price range.

 On my weekly trip to Target, as my best friend Megan and I were browsing through the women’s clothes( our first stop when we enter Target.  I swear Target puts women’s clothing in the front of the store on purpose) I happened to stumble upon the black maxi dress shown above.  I fell in love right away.  Not only did it have thicker straps at the top but the concept of color blocking came through as well at the bottom of the dress.  Best thing about this dress was it was on price cut for $25!!!!  I knew this dress was telling me to take it home.  But of course a girl cannot buy a dress without having the accessories.  So of course I wandered over to check out the sandals and jewelry. I found a great pair of sandals and turquoise earrings to top off this look.  Total: $65.99  I k now its a little above the $50 price range I was attempting to keep it under but a few of these items can be switched in and out for less expensive versions.  I tried to keep this look all from Target so it’s easy to recreate!  The bracelets are from Windsor.com.  If you decided to leave those out the price would drop to $54.99.  This would make the look completely from Target AND closer to my $50 goal.

Black Maxi Dress:  I love that this dress is cotton making it extremely comfortable and great to wear on a cool or warm summer day.  The color blocking with khaki on the bottom brings in another trend happening right now.  This dress was originally $50 but if you hit up your local Target right now its on sale for $25!  Such a steal!

Turquoise earrings and bracelets:  The earrings are from Target. I love the fact that they are drop earrings because it makes the dress a bit more ‘dressy’.  Depending on the look you are going for turquoise post earrings would also be great.  The bracelets tie in the turquoise to the outfit again and add just another accessory.  Cannot ever have enough of those!

Black sandals:  These braided black flats are insanely comfortable.  They are also on sale at Target right now for $15.  Best thing about black sandals is you can wear them with so many different outfits making them worth the buy.

I am loving the classy yet sultry vibe this look brings forth.  I hope you all do too!

Well as always laugh often and stay on the sunnyside,

L

mint green please.

Hudson jeans
$165 – neimanmarcus.com

J Crew button shirt
$78 – jcrew.com

TOMS black shoes
£40 – office.co.uk

Cole Haan leather handbag
$368 – nordstrom.com

With Spring in full swing and Summer on its way my wardrobe has suddenly gotten a lot more fun. There is something about spring and summer clothing that really gets me excited. Maybe it is the fact that I can walk outside in my bright yellow peacoat instead of a down Northface jacket. Anyway I decided to revamp the blog a little bit and make you beauts aware of my ‘passion for fashion’. Lately I have been a bit of a shopaholic. Oops.  But let’s be serious, who cannot be with all of these amazing trends out? I am not one to want to follow a lot of trends but lately, wowzas. Colored pants. Definitely one I am OBSESSED with. As a matter of fact I am so obsessed I will probably continue to wear them after the trend has come and gone.
One thing about trends is that since they may not stay in long you want to be sure to buy these items at a good price. Duh, right? Although the above outfit may seem a bit spendy sometimes it is nice to have a few staple items even though they may cost a bit more. I do admit the mint green jeans can be found elsewhere for a more budget friendly price but these Hudson’s were just so cute. The butt pockets get me every time.

Let’s go over each item:

The Cole Haan bag- Yes, I may suggest to request this as a gift (haha).  Possibly for graduation or wait for it to go on sale seeing as it is a bit spendy.  One great thing about this handbag is not only the color( it goes with everything) but the fact that it can be used as a crossbody or thrown over your shoulder as well.  Plus the style is timeless not to mention the quality of the bag will allow it to last forever.

The Toms:  These are great shoes.  Not only are the comfortable, classy, and cute but every time you buy a pair, another pair is given to a child in need.  These come in a variety of colors but I think the floral ones are an awesome pattern for summer.

The J.Crew. Chambray Shirt:  My special friend got me one of these for Christmas and I LOVE it.  You can pair it with everything from mint green jeans shown above to a pair of cute patterned shorts.  I have an adorable pair of shorts from J.Crew called the ‘Mini Delicious Apple Short that I wear the shirt with.  These are also from the special friend, not to toot his horn but he has an awesome sense of style.  Investing in a shirt such as this one will not leave you with any regrets.

Mint green jeans:  These can be bought anywhere from J.Crew, Hudson, or Aerie.  I have a pair from Aerie I scored for $30!

Well friends, this is the first of many fashion posts you will begin to see. Oh, and no worries next time I will stick to a budget.