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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

Late Spring/Early Summer Haul

Hello readers!

I have some exciting news…but actually it might just be exciting to me and to no one else. But it is that I bought a camera remote and I have successfully learned how to use it! So in this post I experimented with it and had a lot of fun. It makes me feel so much more independent…no longer do I have to find people to take my pictures for me! But using the remote is a lot more difficult. It takes a lot of setting up, checking the camera, focusing, retaking photos, etc. Which explains why some of these pictures are a bit blurry; I promise I will work on it!

I definitely did not buy all this stuff at once. It was an accumulated sort of thing, where I would pick one thing up one day and something else like a week later. As always, I will have linked what is still available.

1. H&M crop top and paper-bag shorts

I had an H&M gift card from Christmas, but sadly all the H&M shops closed where I live and for some reason their gift cards can’t be used online, so I had to wait a while to be able to use it. And when I finally did, I spent it on these paper-bag-waisted shorts. They are a light brown color which will pair nicely with a lot of my shirts, and they are pretty high-waisted which makes them work with crop tops. I don’t have any shorts like these, so I am very excited to style them! They are no longer available, but here are a similar pair.

I picked up the crop top because it was only three dollars, and where else was I going to find a deal like that? It is a few sizes too big, but I don’t mind because I like my tops loose anyway. It’s a great basic.

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2. Thrifted blouse

I picked this blouse up for five dollars at Goodwill. I really liked the bright floral pattern and that it was sleeveless, making it perfect for the summer. Knotting it at the waist makes it much more flattering and gives a nice ’90s-inspired touch.

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3. Free People crop top

I bought this top for 20 dollars (on sale!) and with a gift card (so basically I got it for free holla!). It’s quite a different look for me, as, like I mentioned before, I like my tops loose. It’s also REALLY cropped. But I thought it would look nice with a pleather A-line skirt or some high-waisted pants/shorts. With the shape and the keyhole in the back, it’s a nice variation of the typical French-movie-star striped shirt.

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4. Madewell T-shirt

We just got a Madewell! That store has some really nice basics. I love how the T-shirts all have a twist, like tiny holes, cropped and boxy fits or, like this shirt, a slit in the back. I don’t have anything this color in my closet and it looks really nice against tan skin. Also, it’s nice and loose, which is right up my alley. Plus, it was on sale with an extra 20% off, and all students get a 15% discount on all of their purchases!

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Also this is my dog Jake. He really wanted to model with me.

5. Free People off-the-shoulder top

Off-the-shoulder tops are really trending right now, and my mom found this top for me on sale. Yellow is also a color I don’t have much of in my closet, and I liked how it had spaghetti straps that give you a little more security. My only complaint is that it fits a bit awkwardly, as I can’t tell where the waist elastic and shoulder elastic are supposed to hit, but that’s my own fault.

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6. Lana Del Rey concert T-shirt

A few weeks ago I went to a Lana Del Rey concert as part of her Endless Summer tour and I had been waiting for that night for six months. It was perfection. Lana looked beautiful and the whole crowd was really into it. Unfortunately I had a migraine, but that didn’t stop me from screaming and singing all night (which would explain why the headache was even worse the next day). This shirt was incredibly overpriced, but while at a Lana concert do as the Lana fans do, right?

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7. MAC Taupe

I have been looking for a ’90s-inspired brown lipstick for a while, and I didn’t really want to splurge on an expensive one, but then I found myself at a MAC counter and I found myself trying on this lipstick and I found myself coughing up the money. I am weak when it comes to lipstick. But I’m glad I got it, because it has a really creamy formulation and it really suits my skin tone. Plus, it looks really good with a brown smoky eye or just brown eyeliner which I tend to wear every day.

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As always, let me know in the comments what you think, and have a beautiful week 🙂

Love,

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