Patterned Pumps

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Top: thrifted. Dress and Bag: H&M. Pumps: Bakers.

Today I kept it simple and classy with a magenta top layered over a yellow sundress, matched with one of my favorite (but rarely worn) pumps, which feature a mish-mash of fruits. I think the print freshens up the sophisticated shape quite nicely, and makes them perfect for summer parties. The ankle strap is an on-trend detail that makes the heels much more stable and comfortable as well. To finish the look, I added my new black tote and a matching chain necklace and bracelet.

Til next time,
Laura

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Color & Chrome

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Blazer: Target. Sweater: H&M. Shorts and Jewelry: Forever 21. Heels: Aldo. Bag: Express.

Today I wore my new floral blazer, styled with a deep violet cable-knit sweater and matching pumps. Since the weather was sunny and warm, I wore white shorts for a summery feel. I initially had trouble deciding what accessories to style with this look. First I tried gold, then pearls, then finally figured that silver would best fit the cool tones in the outfit and give an overall sleek, modern style. I recently bought the choker necklace, which was on my wishlist all season. I love it! To finish, I added a simple white tote with silver hardware. Have a great week everyone!

Thanks for reading,
Laura

Palm Trees & Beach Breeze

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Top, Blazer, Pants and Jewelry: Forever 21. Top (under): H&M. Heels: Payless. Bag: vintage.

Today was gorgeous and mild–perfect for shooting next to the water. This outfit is a prime example of using inexpensive items that look pricier than they are to create a look that’s chic, trendy and perfect for spring. When I first eyed this palm tree printed high-low top in the store, I thought, “What the hell would I do with that?!”, but I’ve found it’s those types of pieces that make the biggest statement and can really pull an outfit together in an eye-catching, distinctive way. To match the top I paired a sleeveless button-down sundress, which I left open to even out the proportions of the outfit. I added simple black cords, then a healthy dose of white with the collarless blazer and sandals. I finished with black and gold accessories for a more glamorous feel.

‘Til next time,
Laura

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Color Play

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Dress and Blazer: Urban Outfitters. Bag: H&M. Heels: Charlotte Russe.

Hi everyone! Today I wore a floral dress, which you may have seen before in my post “Think Spring“. I paired it with a cropped green corduroy blazer that I got years ago and wish I wore more often–I love it! I added a coral/nude bag and a matching hair bow, which picked up the subtle, orange hue in the dress. Around my waist I wore a lavender scarf, tied in a bow, and layered a silver belt over it. I recently saw this on Pinterest and thought it was quite ingenius. To finish I paired standard black pumps with a streak of silver–one of my all-time favorites (and most worn). Although there are many colors and a lot going on in this look, I think it works because every shade is picked up in the dress! (That’s one of the reasons I love floral print so much).

Oh and by the way, my little furry friend is named Finnigan. He kept trying to sabotage my shoot, so I thought, why not just incorporate him into it?

Hope you have a lovely weekend!

Thanks for stopping by,
Laura

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Striped Statement

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Jacket: Macy’s. Top and Bag: H&M. Pants and Jewelry: Forever 21. Wedges: DSW.

Hooray for spring trends! Graphic stripes, checks, and diamonds were all over the runways–and my favorite bloggers!–and when I saw these awesome striped pants a few weeks ago I snatched them up right away. Although this graphic pattern makes the biggest statement with other black and white pieces, I couldn’t resist pairing it with a bright neon orange top. I can’t help it–I love color! Especially on days like today, which was warm and sunny for the first time in weeks. More spring looks soon!

Thanks for reading,
Laura

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Leopard & Red

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Top: Mandee. Sweater: Express. Vest, Skirt and Jewelry: Forever 21. Booties: Macy’s. Bag: Urban Outfitters.

While perusing through my closet trying to come up with a new and exciting outfit to blog, it hit me that I hadn’t yet styled an outfit with one of my all-time favorite combinations–leopard print and red. The iconic print adds a dose of glamour to any outfit, and paired with a color as saturated and bold as red it looks stunning. I wasn’t sure I’d be able to break out the booties until next fall, but the weather has been disappointingly rainy and cold since I got home. The upside of this is I’m able to wear boots, tights and fur at the end of May! Hope you like.

Thanks for stopping by,
Laura

Polar Pastels

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Jacket: Forever 21. Top and Scarf: H&M. Pants: Target. Loafers: Urban Outfitters.

As you may be able to tell, I’m having a moment with patterned pants. They’re trendier than their brethren–patterned tops, while still incredibly easy to style. My foolproof matching technique is simple: pick a color or 2 from the pants, and 1 or 2 neutrals as well to complete the look. You’ll be sure to achieve a nice balance of colors while letting the pattern speak for itself. For this particular outfit, I highlighted the icy shades of blue and pink to create a perfect winter-into-spring look. I have 2 or 3 more pairs of patterned pants to style and post so bear with me…

Coming up are more trendy pieces, including stripes, florals (what’s new?) and neon.

Thanks for stopping by,
Laura

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Collegiette

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Dress and Blouse (under): Charlotte Russe. Blazer: vintage. Flats: Steve Madden. Backpack: Amerileather.

Today I channeled my girly side with this feminine but collegiate look. I love the contrast of girly bows and ruffles with traditionally male pieces: a wool blazer, gold watch, and leather backpack. Let me know what you think!

Thanks for reading,
Laura

Stairway to Style

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Vest: H&M. Sweater: Express. Top (under) and Pants: Target. Heels: Charlotte Russe.

First off, sorry for my extended absence. I’ve been stressed out more often than not the past few weeks, and am currently considering big changes in my college experience and future career. This outfit represents my style well–trendy, with a pattern and a mix of colors. After a trip to New York, which included a shopping excursion, I’m back and ready to style more spring looks. Thanks for sticking with me.

More soon,
Laura

Clear, Cutouts and Color

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Dress: TJ Maxx. Blazer: H&M. Wedges: Aldo. Purse: Target.

Today was insanely hot, so to go with this summery weather I wore bright colors and clean, modern lines. The look hits some key trends this spring–lucite heels and cutouts–paired with bursts of color for an overall “Kate Spade preppy” feel.

Thanks for stopping by,
Laura

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