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Late Summer Haul

Hello readers!

So once again I have accumulated a number of things to share with you. Of course I did not buy all of these things at one time; it was more of an item here, an item there over the course of about two months. I will link anything still available below, and I hope you enjoy!

1. Vintage Maxi Skirt

At the beginning of the month I went to the Park Ave Fest where one of my favorite local vintage boutiques called Treasure Trove Vintage had a booth. I was so excited to go because I heard that they had a $10 dollar bucket and a $5 dollar bucket, and while digging through the $5 dollar bucket I found this maxi skirt. I loved the brown color, which is perfect for fall and even the winter if I wear tights underneath. I was amazed that it fit, because it was literally a match made in heaven. I love skirts that button down the front, I love high-waisted skirts because they make my legs look longer and my hips slimmer, and I have so many crop tops that would work with it. Plus, it has belt loops to add a killer belt and further define the waist. I cannot wait until it gets cool enough to wear it, as the fabric is pretty heavy.

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2. Urban Outfitters Jacket

I have wanted one of these olive green, anorak-style jackets for a really long time, but they are always over $100 at UO and I just could not see spending that much money on a fall jacket. But when I saw that this was on sale in store for $40, I could not pass it up. I love the laid back vibes it has from being slightly oversized, and I know it will work really well with any outfit, whether it be just a casual shirt-and-jeans combo or a dress or skirt. I do wish it had a hood, but for $40 from UO, it was totally worth it. PLUS it has pockets, which is a major plus for me because I never know what to do with my hands!

Unfortunately, I’m not seeing it on the website anymore, so here is a similar UO option.

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3. H&M shorts

My mom actually made me buy these shorts because a few weeks ago I visited my boyfriend’s family at their cottage and she said none of my shorts were appropriate (too short, too ripped, etc. I disagree, but you know how stubborn mothers can be). So we headed to H&M and I found this pair that, sans holes and at a decent length, were mother-approved. I liked how the material was thick, rather than that skimpy, stretchy material that a lot of cheaper shorts are made of that feel cheap. I also liked that they were cuffed and a darker wash, and being low-rise, they are a nice change from my usual high-waisted go-tos.

I couldn’t find the dark wash pair, but here is a similar option in a medium wash from H&M.

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4. Thrifted Flannel

It took me a really long time to decide whether or not this flannel was ugly. I really liked how it had different patterns on the left and right sides of the front and back, but was the red and green to Christmasy? Gaudy? Hideous? But I was just so attached to it for some reason. Maybe it was the oversized fit and the really soft material. So I bought it for $5 and have not regretted it. It looks so good with a white T-shirt and some denim shorts.

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5. ALDO Chelsea Boots

I have been on the hunt for a pair of Chelsea boots for a very long time, because I had a pair from Urban Outfitters that I shared with my mom for years and finally the sole ripped off. I love how they work with any outfit, whether I wear them with rolled up jeans or with stockings and cute socks poking out of the tops. This pair from ALDO was a lot more than I was planning to go for, but my grandma very generously paid a good chunk of the price as a back to school gift, and I’m so grateful to her because these boots are really good quality and will be great for the fall. I’ll probably do a review of them as well once I get some wear out of them!

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6. The Art and Found Happy Camper Tee

I also found this at a booth at the Park Ave Fest. The woman in charge of the booth and I had a really nice conversation and she was super friendly, and when I learned about how her brand uses locally sourced materials and everything is handmade, I was sold! I especially loved this cute crop top I bought from her. I loved the schoolgirl vibes of the soft green and black flannel, and I knew that it would work great with my high-waisted jeans and skirts. I probably should have tried it on first because it is a bit tight in the sleeves, but for how cute it is I don’t really mind. It has a really boxy cut which is great for tighter bottoms. I seriously recommend checking out their Etsy shop because everything is adorable!

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7. The PERFECT Denim Jacket

Back in March I was at Treasure Trove Vintage and I found this denim jacket. I had been looking for denim jacket for a while, but just could not find the perfect one. And this one was amazing. It was slightly oversized, but because it wasn’t too long, it didn’t drown me. It was the perfect light (but not too light) wash and it was SO SOFT. Plus it was vintage (from the ’80s I believe) which gave it an extra-cool factor. But I didn’t have the $30 dollars to buy it at the time, so I passed it up.

Come July, I was still thinking about that jacket. So I called the store to see if by any miracle it was still there…and it was! It’s like it was waiting for me. So that same day I snatched it up and I’m so glad I did. It looks SO cute with skirts, dresses and patterned shorts. The only flaw is that it doesn’t have waist pockets, so I don’t quite know where to put my awkward hands, but I still am in love with it.

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8. H&M T-shirt Dress

I have noticed that my style has been drifting towards monochromatic basics with which I can add a ton of accessories to personalize the outfit. Because what could be easier than throwing on a loose, breezy T-shirt dress to which I can add basically any accessories I feel like wearing? A scarf, hat, layered necklaces…it’s all fair game. Plus think of all of the shoes that can be worn with them! So I picked up this heather gray option from H&M. I like the loose fit and the rolled-up sleeves that give a casual vibe. Plus I like that I could wear it in the fall with some sheer stockings, my Chelsea boots, a cardigan or denim jacket and a scarf. There are seriously so many styling options.

Here is a similar H&M option.

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9. Forever 21 Plaid Dress

Going along with my affinity for T-shirt dresses, I have this Forever 21 short plaid dress with large pockets at the hips. It has a ’60s mod feel that I love. It is a teensy bit itchy, but not unbearably, and it can be worn with bare legs if you aren’t too tall or with tights or stockings for the colder months.

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10. Forever 21 Black T-shirt Dress

Again with the monochromatic T-shirt dresses, I have this other Forever 21 dress, which, along with the dress above, were generous back to school gifts from my other grandma. This dress is made out of a thick, ribbed material that kind of feels like that scuba material that has been popular lately. I love the shape of it. I just find that high-necks, loose short sleeves and short cuts look best on me and make me feel most comfortable. I’m looking for a pair of black stockings with little black embroidered polka dots or something to add some pizzazz to this dress, which will also look great with my Chelsea boots, a dark lip and a boho necklace.035 040 042

11. Cropped Forever 21 Top

Lastly I bought this cute little knit top from Forever 21 which I thought would look really nice with high-waisted skirts and pants, which I feel like I have said about a lot of the items in this haul. But I liked how this top had a slightly sporty vibe with the contrasting neckline and sleeve hemlines.

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As always, let me know in the comments what your favorite items are, and what you are stocking up on for the fall months!

Thanks for visiting!

Lauren

Photo credits: me and my mom 

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My Most Worn Summer Shoes

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Hello readers!

In the sweltering, balmy heat of summer, the last thing you want is for your poor tootsies to be swimming in sweat inside your shoes. So I’ve compiled a list of some of my favorite shoes to wear in the summer, all of which are fairly lightweight and very versatile!

I should point out that I am not a fan of flip flops or dainty sandals. I like my shoes to have some substance. Maybe this is because I have very scrawny feet and I think that my shoes will bulk them up a bit? Hmm. Anyway, as always let me know in the comments what you think!

Warning: The pictures below feature graphic images of an old, chipped pedicure.

1. Florida Birkenstocks

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Hands (or feet?) down, these are the shoes I wear the most in the summer. They are so easy to slip on and off ( I guess that’s why they are called slip-ons?). I think that the three-strap look is a bit more elegant than the thick two straps of the Arizona Birkenstock, and the taupe color of this pair goes with basically any outfit. And since I have had them for a few years, they have molded to my feet, making them the epitome of comfort. And almost every summer those three straps give me some interesting tan lines.

2. Minnetonka Moccasins

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My grandparents used to take trips down to Arizona a lot when I was younger to visit family. They would always come with beautiful Native American goods for me and my sister, and this pair of Minnetonka Moccasins is one of the gifts she brought back. However, they were for my sister. But even though these fit my sister when she was like 14 and I took them from her closet when I was probably 16, they still miraculously fit me because of the stretchy nature of the suede. I will admit that they don’t have much support, so they aren’t very comfortable for doing a ton of walking, but the thick sole of this style makes them really durable for walking on different surfaces. They add an instant bohemian element to any outfit, and they can easily be worn in the fall and spring as well with a pair of jeans.

3. Forever 21 Black Flats

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You guys are probably so sick of seeing these shoes, seeing as I have featured them in probably like 10 posts. But they just go with everything and are so easy to just put on and go! I bought them a size too big, but that makes the pointy toes a lot more comfortable for me.

4. Converse High-Tops

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When I was in middle school I wore Converse basically every day. So for a long time I was afraid to buy a pair because I was afraid of being reminded of those extremely awkward days. But my style has come a long way since then (thank goodness) so now I wear my black Converse high-tops sans fear. They add a casual element to any outfit, whether it is just a T-shirt and jeans or a summer dress. I do wear them more in the fall because I like to wear them with socks and socks in the summer can be a rough time. But for those cooler days or breezy summer nights, they work perfectly.

5. Forever 21 Floral Oxfords

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These shoes (find similar here) are probably the least versatile of the bunch because they have a print. But lucky for me, my style has gravitated more toward solids this summer, so these floral oxfords fit right in. I love how rustic and retro they look, especially with a tan, faux suede A-line skirt or a pair of denim cut-offs.

6. Chania Birkenstocks

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I don’t wear these Birkenstocks as much as the Floridas, but that is simply because I am often too lazy to buckle these up. But these shoes are also very comfortable and more secure on the foot because of the buckles. I like how they don’t have a little nub between the toes that some gladiator sandals have. Those nubs are just asking for blisters. These shoes are very versatile because the neutral color. I think that they are very unique and chicer than some of the other Birkenstock styles.

Thanks for the read, and let me know what your favorite summer sandals are in the comments!

Love,

Lauren

Fourth of July Lookbook

Hello readers,

The Fourth of July is quickly approaching, so be prepared for a wave of red, white, blue, stars and stripes. But I prefer to be a bit less obvious when I get dressed for Independence Day. So here are some outfits to give you a bit of inspiration, whether you are celebrating the Fourth or just going to a barbecue or the park. The good thing about subtlety when choosing your outfit is that you can wear it for any occasion (no shame in being an outfit repeater!). As always, I will link what is available!

Outfit 1: Pretty in Plaid

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I love this Forever 21 dress (which has a patriotic color scheme) because it can be worn several ways. It can be buttoned up to be a dress or worn open and used as a layering device. For this outfit, I chose the latter option. Underneath, I wore a Free People crop top with a bull on it. This shirt reminds me of the Wild West, which is quite an American theme. I paired this with a pair of shorts that I cut out of thrifted Guess jeans. I finished the outfit with a pair of gladiator sandal Birkenstocks and a crystal necklace.

Outfit 2: Sugar, Stripes and Everything Nice

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This outfit incorporates red, white, blue and stripes, so it’s probably the most themed of all of the outfits. I started with this top I thrifted (see the haul here!). I cut off the sleeves because they were unflattering and rolled up the ragged edges. I love how it buttons up the back. Tying the bottom in a knot helps define the waist and adds a bit of ’90s flare. I’m wearing the same shorts from the first outfit. This outfit gets a bit of a tomboy feel from adding a pair of black high-tops. I played off the black with a bolo tie my uncle gave me. Finally, a red Free People headband contrasts with the shirt, and the knot in it feels retro.

Outfit 3: Chambray Champ

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This Forever 21 chambray romper is comfortable and cute. It has a cutout in the back which will help keep my back cool and can show off a bralette or a bandeau. However, once the fireworks start it can get chilly, so I layered on a blue Forever 21 oversized cardigan. A black thrifted belt defines my waist, and Minnetonka moccasins add a western feel. I kept the same red headband as the last outfit to make it more patriotic.

As always, let me know what you think in the comments! Thanks for reading!

Lauren

OOTD: Job Hunting

Hello readers!

Today I headed off to the mall to check a few stores to see if they were hiring. Trying to find a retail job that is only seasonal is pretty difficult, and I didn’t have much success. But I tried to make my outfit cute to make a good impression.

Also, guys, today was a big day because it was my first day wearing winged liner in public without it being for a costume! You can’t really see it in the photos, but I thought it came out pretty decent. As it should, because I have only watched a gazillion YouTube makeup tutorials.

P.S. The top is still available; I have put a link below.

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Outfit details:

Top/Free People

Bralette/Aerie

Shorts/Thrifted and DIY

Bag, shoes and choker/Forever 21

Bracelet and swirly ring/Lucky Brand

Lipstick/MAC Taupe

I hope you liked the outfit! As always, let me know in the comments what you think 🙂

Love,

Lauren

Chill Out

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Outfit details: Sweater, Free People. Necklace, Free People (only one color left). Skirt, Forever 21 (similar). Tights, Forever 21.  Boots, Latigo.

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Outfit details: Coat, Forever 21. Boots, Steve Madden. Tank top, American Eagle. Necklace, Forever 21.

Here is yet another photo shoot post featuring Andrea. These photos were taken at the river trail on campus on a chilly spring day, and we both did our own edits. Hope you enjoy, and as always, comment what you think of the pictures and the outfits 🙂

Lauren

Ready in Russet

Hello readers!

It’s definitely been a while. I have been incredibly lazy about blogging. But I’m super psyched because I bought myself a remote for my DSLR, so once I figure out how to use it, the quality of my outfit photos should be going up.

Even though it’s cold and damp this morning, I was feeling inspired when I woke up. So here is what happened.

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I love this shawl- it’s from Free People, and the print, length, fringe, everything is just perfect. It adds a bohemian touch to anything. I threw it over this Urban Outfitters crop top I got for my birthday. I love the russet color, it’s boxy shape, soft fabric, and high-neck line. It works great for all of my high-waisted things, such as these H&M jeans with a subtle acid-wash detail.

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For accessories, I chose some Minnetonka Moccasins (similar) to keep with the earthy-tone feel. Then, I added these gold Forever 21 necklaces- they came in a pack, making layering them sooo easy. Great for lazy people like me 😉 I added this Alex and Ani bracelet I got for my birthday from my boyfriend. It’s funny, because whenever I saw these bracelets at the store, the lotus flower one was the only one that I really liked. And he picked it out without even knowing that! Finally, a few gold rings finished the look.

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I recently got Chili by MAC, and it is my new obsession. It’s a matte finish, but it goes on so smoothly and covers the cuts on my chapped lips. It is a brick red with a brown undertones, making it fairly subtle and perfect for class. It’s going to look great in the summer, too.

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The forecast says it’s going to be in the 60s this week….here’s hoping. Have a great Tuesday!

Lauren

THRIFT HAUL PART 5/OOTD

Hello readers!

So I”m really excited to share this part of my thrifting haul with you, because this one involves a little extra creativity. So I bought this velvet, dark brown, high-necked, long-sleeved maxi dress as part of a Halloween costume. Frankly, it kind of reminded me of poop. But, I made a bet with my friends that after Halloween, I could find a way to make it look fashionable and would wear it to class. I’m actually really impressed with how it turned out, and I know I’m going to wear it a ton this winter because velvet is such a warm and cozy material.

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So this is the original dress. I have nothing against maxi dresses, but this one was so covered-up with the sleeves and the turtleneck that it was just not working for me. Plus, it had shoulder pads, and I just am not daring enough for shoulder pads. So I cut about a foot or a foot and a half off of the bottom of the dress so that it hit above my knees and took out the shoulder pads. I tried it on and fell in love with the swingy shape it created-it looked almost ’60s inspired.

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I rolled up the sleeves on the dress to make it a bit more flattering. I chose a white beaded necklace with a gold pendant  and some gold rings to continue with the warm colors, and I wore a pair of cream-and-pink socks with these Forever 21 floral oxfords to add a bit of color. I wore Albeit’s Vermillion from Anthropologie on my lips for an autumnal deep red, and I pulled my hair into a super-messy side braid because I just really like to make my hair as messy as possible honestly. I’m so grateful that I have curly hair because at least I think it looks better the looser it is!

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The best thing about thrifting is, because you didn’t pay a ton of money for the clothes, you don’t have to be afraid to use some scissors or thread and make it your own. And it’s fun to find something that you would normally never wear and to challenge yourself to change it or style it to make it fit your style!

Have a great Wednesday!

-Lauren

THRIFT HAUL PART 4/OOTD

Hello readers,

Sadly, the weekend is drawing to a close and I find myself faced with the daunting task of having to write essays when I really just want to go to bed. But I would much rather share with you my favorite thrift find from the haul, so I am going to do so.

I found this flannel hidden in one of the store racks. I love the colors, which are more feminine than most men’s flannels I find at thrift stores. It is oversized but not too big, so it doesn’t drown me. It is thick and cozy, and I like that it gives off a grungy vibe. I paired it with a pair of dark Forever 21 skinny jeans. The day I wore this outfit it was raining pretty hard, so I wore my Hunter’s to protect my feet. My hair again was looking kind of nasty, so I covered the roots with a scarf I wrapped into a headband. I wore my standard silver rings for accessories and chose Media by MAC for my lips to continue with the grungy edge.

I hope you all have a relaxing Sunday!

-Lauren

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THRIFT HAUL PART 2/OOTD

Happy Friday readers!

Here is part two of my thrift haul for you, starring this adorable cream blouse. Like the shirt from Thrift Haul Part 1, this has embroidery along the front where the buttons are, and I love how the dark colors of the florals pop against the rest of the blouse. I was kind of going for grandma-chic with this outfit (I have been told more than once that I dress like a grandma or a mom, is that a compliment…?) so I paired the blouse with a knee-length suede skirt from Forever 21 and a brown and gold belt that I thrifted a while ago. For shoes I wore a pair of Minnetonka moccasins (here is a similar pair) to continue with the warm-color scheme. My hair was gross so I threw it in a bun and I covered the roots with this brown scarf with a subtle floral print that I got from a local store at home. I threw on some gold rings to go with the gold on the belt for the final touch.

Writing this today, it is crazy to me that it was warm enough earlier this week to wear this outfit. I woke up to snow this morning.

Hope you have a great Friday!

-Lauren

P.S. Sorry about the blurriness, these were taken with my phone!

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THRIFT HAUL Part 1/OOTD

Hello readers!

So instead of doing a super long post on all of the things I bought at the St. Vincent de Paul Thrift Store, I decided to put each item into an outfit and post those one at a time. So on Monday, I wore this denim shirt I thrifted. I love how over-sized it is, and I made it look a bit more feminine by rolling up the sleeves and knotting it at the waist. My favorite part of the shirt is the floral embroidery that gives it a folksy and quaint f eel. I paired this shirt with a pair of black high-waisted skinny jeans from Forever 21, a Free People red head wrap and a pair of black flats from Franco Sarto. Let me know what you think in the comments! Have a great Thursday 🙂

-Lauren

(Photo credits to my roommate Michelle)

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