5.31.2013

Outfit: Pink Scarf, Spring Style

TGIF! Don't know about you all but I'm thrilled it's Friday. Temperatures are supposed to be in the low 100's here where I live in California. Some laying out and swimming is in order I think. I was really happy with how this casual work look turned out. I actually got this scarf a while back while I was at Chicos with my mom. I really like the pink abstract print with the green capris, navy blazer, and turquoise necklace. I'm a color lover, what can I say??

Style of One's Own: Colorful Easy Outfit for Spring
Style of One's Own: Colorful Easy Outfit for SpringStyle of One's Own: Colorful Easy Outfit for Spring
Style of One's Own: Colorful Easy Outfit for Spring

Lace Tank - Banana Republic similar
Green capris - Express
Navy Blazer - Forever 21 similar
Scarf - Chicos similar
Flats - Tory Burch similar but w/ gold logo

A HUGE thank you to Christina at Simple Easy Style for choosing one of my outfits as a part of her featured picks for her Friday Link-Up. You can check out her post here and my featured outfit post can be found here. I'm linking up again today.

5.29.2013

Outfit: chambray + red pattern skirt

I've been seeing chambray's styled with skirts on lots of blogs lately. Here is my take. I love the dark denim with the fun red patterned skirt and my favorite mint statement necklace.

OOTD chambray + red skirt

OOTD chambray + red skirt

OOTD chambray + red skirt
Chambray - Love Stitch
Skirt - Burlington Coat Factory ($14!!)
Pumps - Cole Haan, old from Nordstom's Rack current version
Necklace - J Crew similar
 
Confession: the last time I wore a skirt (excepting maxi skirts) was probably at a funeral. I'm not kidding. I love skirts...on other girls. I struggle with skirts on me though. I am tall (5'9") and I have super wide hips. So I have to be careful to not look bottom heavy. This look works on me because the tucked in chambray accentuates my waist. This visual 'cinching' breaks up the top and bottom half and helps me not to look like a pear. Also, at $14 this skirt was a steal! I'm so much more comfortable taking risks when they come with a small price tag.

5.28.2013

Outfit: polka dot + mint

Hey, it's Tuesday already! Is that not just the icing on the cake of a three day weekend? I had a nice Memorial Day weekend. Got a little relaxing in, a lot of work done, and had two delicious BBQs. The weather was just beautiful. Back to the grind today. How about a little mint and polka dot to start the week? Adorable photobombing lab included at no cost. Wishing everyone a great week!

OOTD: polka dot + mint 1

OOTD: polka dot + mint 2

OOTD: polka dot + mint 3

OOTD: polka dot + mint 5  OOTD: polka dot + mint 4

Blouse - Forever 21
Crop pants - J Crew Factory
Necklace - J Crew similar
Flats - Tory Burch Reva Tonal Logo (can't find online) similar w/ gold logo

Polka dot blouse also worn here and here. Mint crop also worn here.

5.26.2013

Instagram Weekly Recap 5/20 - 5/26

Best lunch from a drive through! #healthychoices #starbucks #foodporn Would be super easy to make too: lettuce, quinoa, black beans, chicken, chili sauce.Love #gingham too much! #ootd #wiw #instastyle #instafashion #girlygirl
Now that's what I call #motivation  @oxygenmagazine #getitgirl #cardio #wecandoitNeeded a smile today.  #textingwithmom #lol #loveher #emoji
As soon as I pull into the driveway... #labs #dogsofinstagram #instadog  #sweetgirlTo share or not to share, that is the question.  #cupcakes #yummy #sweettreats #cute #nothealthy #abeautifulmessapp @sweetsurrenderbakersfield
For @kelcuster  Left is Santa Barbara Daisy, right is evening primrose. They bloom February through October.  #flowersFew of my favorite things! ☀#sun #summer #layingout #snowcone #magazines #lifeisgood

Row 1: Absolutely love Starbucks black bean salad! / A little OOTD preview.
Row 2: Motivation at the gym. Oxygen magazine is my favorite. / My mom loves emoji. It's pretty cute.
Row 3: Kate runs to the gate as soon as she hears my car in the driveway. All together now, "Aaw!" / Thursday was a 2 cupcake kinda day.
Row 4: Couple pics of some flowers in my garden. / How I spent Sunday afternoon, perfection.

Hope everyone has a great Memorial Day tomorrow!!


5.23.2013

Outfit: pink gingham + mint + pearls

This is one of my favorite outfits as of late! It is preppy and colorful. A very cute Spring look if I do say so myself. I love pink and mint together. I love gingham and pearls together. So I pretty much love everything I go going on here.

Outfit: pink gingham + mint 2

Outfit: pink gingham + mint

Outfit: pink gingham + mint 3

Outfit: pink gingham + mint + pearls     Outfit: pink gingham + mint + stacked bracelets

Gingham shirt - Burlington Coat Factory ($12!) similar
Mint blazer - Burlington Coat Factory ($20) similar
White pants - Express
Flats - Target
Necklace - Forever 21
Bracelets - J Crew, Juicy, Forever 21

The other great thing about this outfit is the amazing steal I got on the shirt and blazer. $32 total for both at Burlington Coat Factory. I came -this- close to ordering a pink gingham from J Crew Factory but am glad I waited. Yes, you have to sort through quite a lot of junk to find items you like at discount stores but in my opinion it is so worth it! You just have to learn to enjoy the hunt.

I also got about two days of clear skin last so you get a close-up. Normally I wouldn't let a camera within five feet of my face. My skin is a constant struggle for me. After going through my teen years relatively acne free my 20's have more than made up for lost time.

5.22.2013

Pst! Kate Spade on Gilt

Kate Spade is up on Gilt and going fast! Here are my favorites.






I did treat myself to the small multi-color bangle but no more! Quite a deal for $29.

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5.21.2013

Outift: yellow piped blazer styled three ways

1 Blazer 3 Ways

I love this post! Here's why. Two of my budget-friendly style commandments are at work here.

1. Only buy pieces that you can mix and match. If you pick up an item in a store and can't instantly think of 2-3 items of clothing currently in your closet that you can wear it with, put it back. I'm talking more than just, "Oh hey, this tops goes with two colors of denim and khakis." No, in order for a new piece to come home with me it needs to inspire multiple looks with existing items, preferably across multiple seasons. Mixing and matching is the easiest way to maximize your budget and your wardrobe.

Here, I style my yellow piped Banana Republic blazer three ways for spring. The look on the left is an everyday look with all white and a pop of color with teal wedges. The middle style would be cute for a date (ice cream dates are personally my favorite). And on the right we have a look that is work appropriate but still fun. For winter I can think of many more combinations for this blazer. Versatility is the key word when it comes to budget fashion.

2. Stalk an item before you buy. As I talked about in my post here, I wanted this blazer for months and months. But at $150, it was way out of my budget! I kept an eye out for coupons in my email and also checked Banana Republic online to see if/when it went on sale. Sure enough, my patience paid off and I got this lovely lemon beauty for 50% off. $75 for a high quality and versatile piece was an investment and certainly out of my normal range but well worth it.


Outfit: all white yellow blazer teal pop

Outfit: yellow blazer + lace + jeans

Outfit: yellow blazer and stripes



5.19.2013

Instagram Weekly Recap 5/13 - 5/19

What a #beautifulmorning today! Molly agrees. #instadog #muttLittle Lydia. She's a snuggler. #oneyear #bigblueeyes #sweetgirl #cutiepie
My niece Abby at her princess party today. :) #threeyearsold #birthdaygirl #princess #sweet#date #icecream #hisandhers
Seriously debating cutting these darn #bangs right here right now at my desk. #missedmyhairappt #drivingmecrazy #firstworldproblems #blondie #carselfieBasically, #abeautifulmessapp is the cutest photo editing app ever. PS I'm swimming in May. #abmapp #poolside #summer #ilovecalifornia
Eat good, feel good. Back on track. :) #isagenix #freshoutthegarden #fruit #yummyLovin my sheer #floralprint for #spring . From @apricotlanebakersfield #instastyle #whatiwore
New #sleepytime routine: #greentea and a #goodbook and #notv ! Currently reading The Tin Horse and loving it.It's a little crazy how much I love these! The only energy drink I've tried and liked. 0 calories and no crash. @nawgan #mondayssuck #yummy

Row 1 L-R: Today was a beautiful day. Took my girls for a walk. Molly cooperated for the photo op, Kate not so much! / My other niece and I at the birthday party. This little gal has got the most beautiful big blue eyes.
Row 2 L-R: My niece at her birthday princess party. So adorable! / Friday I convinced the BF to go for ice cream. Please note I am the one with the grown up shake. He is the one with the single scoop of bubble gum!
Row 3 L-R: My bangs were driving me nuts! I had to cut them myself. / 95 degrees here in California. Might as well call it summer. Loving it.
Row 4 L-R: Making good food choices! Especially love my IsaLean Lemon Passion Crunch. / Lovely blouse.
Row 5 L-R: How I relax before bed...green tea and a book. Good stuff. / Nawgan. The best 0 calorie energy drink ever.

You can follow along: @laurennicholle3. I always love finding new IG'ers to follow!
Wishing everyone a great week!

5.17.2013

Outfit: blush pink + sequins + olive green

If you've looked through my blog you know I like me some color/texture plays! I love this look I put together earlier this week. Feminine but not too feminine with the olive green pants. Pairing the sequin tank under a blazer makes it work appropriate and not too bling bling. That little tank has got to be the best $20 I've ever spent; I wear it all the time!

Outfit- blush pink and olive green

Outfit- blush pink and olive green 2

Outfit- blush pink and olive green 3

Outfit- blush pink and olive green 4

Sequin Tank - J Crew Factory '12 similar
Pink blazer - Forever 21, soldout similar
Olive green skinnies - Paige Denim similar
Pink ballet flats - Forever 21 similar
Floral necklace - Coldwater Creek

And you can check out how I styled another light pink and olive green outfit here.

PS- I may be way late to the party but I just now discovered Pixlr. They have a website and a fantastic free app. I am SO impressed! I use Photoshop at home on my laptop but Pixlr gives me the option to edit photos on any computer with an internet connection and then upload directly to my Flickr. The setup is way similar to Photoshop as well. The app is pretty awesome too. If you're looking for a (free) photo editing program I would definitely recommend Pixlr.
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