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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

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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

OOTD: Black, White and Tan All Over

Hello readers!

Recently my friend Andrea and I decided to start documenting our outfits a few days a week. So these photos are from a shoot we had Tuesday. The wind was blowing vigorously, coating us with dust, but it was still a blast. Hope you enjoy!

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Bye Felicia.

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Angry because parking lots.

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In a windy daze.

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Working it through the wind. Model status.

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Lol this wind though

Outfit details: shirt and bag: Banana Republic, skirt: Necessary Clothing, shoes: Forever 21

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“Throw your hands up if you know that you’re a star…”

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Oh hey girl

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Should I be doing homework now or nah?

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“I’m kinda over getting told to throw my hands up in the air…” lol jk

Outfit details: sweater: Free People, skirt from Von Maur, belt: thrifted, boots: Report

As always, I’d love to know what you think of the photos and/or outfits. I hope you are all having a beautiful week!

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 3/OOTD

Hello readers, happy Saturday!

Currently I am listening to Leighton Meester’s new album called Heartstrings, have you listened to it yet? If not, do a favor for yourself and give it a listen. Her voice is so beautiful and calming and the songs are subtly haunting. I can’t believe this person used to be Blair Waldorf. Like what?? Here is the link to the music video to the title song.

Anyways, the third item I bought from the thrift store is this khaki/light-brown-colored suede-y shirt. It’s so soft and comfortable, and it’s slightly big so I rolled up the sleeves and knotted it at the bottom. I paired the shirt with a pair of washed-black skinny jeans from Pac-Sun that made the shirt a bit more laid back. For shoes, I chose these floral oxfords from Forever 21 that I really should wear more often, I love how they give a quirky touch to an outfit. I went bohemian with my accessories, choosing to layer a silver necklace with turquoise stones over a brown pendant (both are from my grandma from when we she went to Arizona I think, she always picks out the best stuff!). For rings I chose my favorite silver pieces that you all have seen in lots of other outfit of the days haha.

I hope you are all staying warm on this chilly November day!

-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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