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Friday, May 31, 2013

Beach Bound

                                                                             Source: on Pinterest

I'll be sitting under an umbrella sipping boat drinks the next 10 days. A big THANK YOU to my guest bloggers! Catch you on the flip side!

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Feeling Nautie

...As in nautical! With our impending beach vacation (starts tomorrow!), I've had anchors and stripes on the brain. J.Crew's current selection makes it easy to mix and match the summer uniform. 

Before starting a blog, I would have never had the notion or guts to mix prints and patterns. It is one trend I have definitely grown to love. It doesn't even seem that fashion forward to me now! How have you stepped out of your fashion comfort zone?  

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Life's A Beach: Mackenzie Horan

Mackenzie Horan is the redhead beauty and brains behind Design Darling, a blog and online boutique (think accessories, decor, & desktop). It's amazing what she has accomplished at such a young age. We met earlier this year at Alt Summit and my desk was recently featured on her Desk Du Jour series. I'm thrilled to have Mackenzie as the next blogger on "Life's A Beach"!

                                                               Source: via Mackenzie Horan on Pinterest

                                                             Source: via Mackenzie Horan on Pinterest

"Oh Cabana Boy! Bring me a...."  
 Gin and tonic, always.

What's in your beach bag? 
Sunscreen! At least SPF 30. And Ray-Ban sunnies and a stack of magazines.

One piece or two? 
Usually I'm a bikini girl but J.Crew has some seriously adorable one-pieces right now so I might mix it up this year!

Sand in your suit? What's your biggest fashion faux pas/pet peeve? 
A full face of makeup at the beach. You're at the beach — take it easy!

Who's sitting under your umbrella?
A good group of girlfriends. I have the most amazing girlfriends in the city — I'm so lucky!

After fun in the sun, what are your go-to beauty products?
NARS tinted moisturizer for faking a sunny glow after slathering myself in sunscreen all day. Besides that, just a swipe of mascara and maybe hot pink lipstick if I'm feeling sassy! :)

                                                               Source: via Mackenzie Horan on Pinterest

Want more? Be sure to follow Mackenzie's blog, Design Darling and shop the online boutique! I love my monogrammed pencil cup and #ThingsWeLove pencil set. Check out a few more of my favorites below!

Shop the full collection here!

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Vacation, All I Ever Wanted

I took advantage of my four day weekend and packed for our beach getaway.  We leave Friday and I wish I had one of these vacation inspired print clutches in my suitcase. The shark pouch is my favorite! What's yours?

Monday, May 27, 2013

Memorial Day Sales

                                                                      Source: via Madison on Pinterest
  • Shop Nordstrom's  Half Yearly Sale for up to 40% off. Love this hot pink Milly sheath dress! Perfect for wedding and baby showers. 
  • Take 20% off everything at ASOS with code TAKE20. This flag tank is the perfect way to show your American pride!

I've been enjoying a long, lazy weekend at home prepping for our beach vacation this Friday. Have a wonderful Memorial Day! God bless America!

Friday, May 24, 2013

Friday Finds & Features

Add a little sparkle to your step with these Lillian Glitter Wedges! How do you feel about the new height? I'm trying out the trend with these mini wedge espadrilles (thanks to my  J.Crew reward card!). Save up to $75 with code SHOPNOW. Click here to shop!

My second restaurant recap is up on Girl Around Town! Read it here

Earlier this month, I co-hosted the Houston launch party of Kelly Wynne Handbags. Kelly was super sweet and I loved her bags even more in person! With names like "Paint The Town" and "Pop The Champagne", what's not to love? The website launched last week,  shop the collection now! 

I was thrilled to see my desk featured in Mackenzie Horan's latest installment of Desk Du Jour! Get your own acrylic monogrammed pencil cup at her darling e-boutique Design Darling

Happy Memorial Day Weekend! Thanks for Reading! XO Lauren

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Casual Friday

We all have those mornings where no matter how many clothes are in the closet, you just have nothing to wear! I was having one of those moments last week. Casual Friday at the office always gets me. Luckily, I happened to get this post in my inbox. Bam! Problem solved. 

What I'm Wearing

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Lookbook: Summer Denim

Last Fall, I did a lookbook on the denim dress. This Spring, chambray shirts were all the rage.  But my favorite line yet might be this summers' selection of shorts, blazers, and rompers. What's your favorite? 

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

One Top, Two Ways

Today I've teamed up with Valerie of Adorn Yourself Accordingly to bring you one top, two ways!


How cool is this peplum top? I love the black and white combo! The leather trim brings a bit of edge to the outfit. I paired it here with mint skinny jeans and high heels for a fun night on the town look. A leopard print clutch adds a needed dash of pattern and keeps things interesting!

Head on over to Adorn Yourself Accordingly to see how Valerie styled this top. We both love leopard!

What I'm Wearing
Amanda Uprichard Peplum Top borrowed from Muse (also available in black) // J.Crew Toothpick Jeans // Steve Madden Realove Heels // Clare Vivier Leopard Print Clutch (love the striped style too!)

Friday, May 17, 2013

One Haute Summer With Uptown Park Part III

Did I mention how much I love LOFT? This open weave sweater and linen stripe shorts combo is a great outfit for exploring new cities (and shopping, of course!). It's cute and comfortable. When sightseeing, flats are a must. These nude patent sandals will go with every outfit in your suitcase.

What I'm Wearing
LOFT Textured Cotton Sweater // LOFT Stripe Linen Shorts // LOFT Vaughn T-Strap Sandal // LOFT Elizabeth Round Sunglasses // High Gloss Michelle Chang Octopus Necklace // High Gloss Bauxo Leather Wrap Bracelet // High Gloss Veto Citrine Studs // Hair: Andi Joyner at Iris Salon // Make-up: Katie Block at Façade

This outfit is my favorite! Can you blame me? The sequin skirt is amazing! It's carefree & fun and easily transitions from day to night. An ideal vacation piece! I had to have it and received so many compliments on it at the Jonathan Adler Grand Opening Party.

What I'm Wearing
LOFT Linen Tee // Apricot Lane Willow & Clay sequin skirt (Topshop version) // LOFT Vaughn T-Strap Sandal //Elizabeth Anthony Kate Spade Rattan Clutch // LOFT Elizabeth Round Sunglasses // High Gloss Michelle Chang Octopus Necklace // High Gloss Janet Leigh Infinity Necklace // High Gloss Bauxo Leather Wrap Bracelet // High Gloss Veto Turquoise Cube Studs // Hair: Andi Joyner at Iris Salon // Make-up: Katie Block at Façade 

Check out the full feature on the Uptown Park blog!

Photography by Kennon Evett

Connect with Uptown Park on FacebookPinterest, and Twitter!

Thursday, May 16, 2013

One Haute Summer With Uptown Park Part II

Hello, Ann Taylor LOFT! Where have I been? I'm amazed at their petite selectionEverything is so cute and perfect for Spring/Summer. Stripes Ahoy! I picked out several outfits from LOFT for the shoot and ended up purchasing most of it including this stripe dress and this stripe sweater

What I'm Wearing
LOFT Stripe Cap Sleeve Dress // LOFT Elizabeth Round Sunglasses // LOFT Francis Flower Wedge Sandals // Carrie Ann JBird Bracelet & Kenze Panne Earrings // Location: Crave Cupcakes // Hair: Andi Joyner at Iris Salon // Make-up: Katie Block at Façade 

This Rena Lange dress fits beautifully! The top ever so slightly blouses over the gathered waist. I felt very classy in this dress! Champagne just feels right.

What I'm Wearing
Elizabeth Anthony Rena Lange Dress // Carrie Ann JBird Bracelet & Kenze Panne Earrings // Location: The Tasting Room // Hair: Andi Joyner at Iris Salon // Make-up: Katie Block at Façade

Stay tuned tomorrow for the details on my final two outfits and check out the full feature on the Uptown Park blog!

Photography by Kennon Evett

Connect with Uptown Park on FacebookPinterest, and Twitter!

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

One Haute Summer With Uptown Park

I am so excited and honored to be Uptown Park's featured Fashion Blogger! I had a blast working with the Uptown Park PR team and photographer Kennon Evett. This experience was a great re-introduction to Uptown Park. There are so many new restaurants and boutiques!

My outfits were inspired by upcoming vacation plans. I'm heading to the beach in two weeks! I picked clothes and jewelry that are light and packable, can be dressed up or down, and mix well with other pieces. 

Head over to the Uptown Park Blog for the full feature and stay tuned for outfit details!

Connect with Uptown Park on Facebook, Pinterest, and Twitter!

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Travel Necessities

I'm gearing up for vacation. We're headed to the beach in two weeks. Here are my picks to keep you traveling in style!

Take Off Necessities

  • Ray-Ban Aviators are a classic for a reason. They look good on everyone! 
  • This Getaway bag in red ikat is a great carry on for all your in-flight essentials. Plus it expands to accommodate your souvenirs for the flight home. I'm also loving this elephant print pouf!
  • Truffle pouch is perfect for organizing all your documents. Keep your passport, boarding pass, and itinerary all in one easy to find (and see) spot!
  • This light weight gauze scarf will keep you looking chic not chilly.
  • A Panama hat protects your face from the sun and hides bad hair days on the beach. 
  • You won't go far without your passport! Make sure it's easy to find in this neon holder.

Where are you headed this Summer? 

Monday, May 13, 2013

Palm Print

The Sheridan French line is just so perfect for Spring & Summer, I can't help but wear it constantly (as seen here, here, and here)! I wore the Lillian Skirt in Pink Palm on Mother's Day. Last time, I paired it with a fitted white tee. I switched it up with chambray for a casual morning at Hyatt Lost Pines.

What I'm Wearing
Sheridan French Lillian Skirt in Pink Palm (sold out, available in Green Palm) // J.Crew Chambray Shirt (similar to the Keeper Chambray Shirt) // J.Crew Factory Crystal Link Bracelet // Stella & Dot Julep Bangle // Havaianas Slim Flip Flop

Thursday, May 9, 2013

Pink + Eyelet

Remember my post on eyelet? I decided on J.Crew's eyelet top in white. It's my summer replacement for the standard white tee. It goes with everything! The eyelet adds a bit more interest to the outfit, don't you think? How are you wearing eyelet this Spring/Summer?

What I'm Wearing
J.Crew Eyelet Top (love Joie's Sigrid Top too)// AG Adriano Goldschmied Jeans // Tory Burch Heels (not pictured, check out the stunning Tanner High Heel Sandals) // Vintage Clutch // Anthropologie Necklace // Cost Plus World Market Bangles  // OPI 'Mod About You' // Façade Lipstick in Blossom

Photography by Nina Rand

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Treasure Islander

Sheridan French Dress (similar to the Elizabeth Shift Dress) // Land's End Canvas Tote Bag // J.Crew Factory Crab Necklace // Havaianas Slim Flip Flop // Ray-Ban New Wayfarers

While exploring the local shops in downtown Rockport, Ginny and I came upon this mural. It provided the perfect backdrop to snap some outfit pics. My dress is from Sheridan French's first collection. It's the perfect run around town frock!

Photography by Ginny Kadlick

Monday, May 6, 2013

Postcard from Rockport

A few pictures from our weekend in Rockport, Texas...

She sells seashells down by the seashore.

Seafoam Jeepster

Life is good.

Kendra Scott Danielle Earrings // Old Navy Tank // J Brand Rail Jeans

Sunset Cruise

P.S. Tomorrow is the last day to enter the $100 Shopping Spree from Beso! 

Friday, May 3, 2013

Friday Finds & Features

Whether you are hosting a fiesta or need a hostess gift this Cinco de Mayo weekend, these mason jars make the perfect party sipper! What to sip? Check out Jacey's How to Make A Beer Margarita video!

Photo by Shau Lin Ho

The Jonathan Adler store opened in Houston! Check out Culture Map's recap of the Grand Opening Party. I love the needlepoint pillows and luxe throws!

Redbuds, the young professional branch of Trees for Houston, is hosting a Derby Party this Saturday! Don your favorite Lilly Pulitzer dress and donate to a good cause!

P.S. Have you entered the Beso giveaway? Hurry, ends Tuesday!
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