Black, White + Red

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Skirt: Express Top: Express Shoes:Kate Spade, similar here. Also love these Earrings: Nordstrom

Happy Wednesday!! I love black and white, and what’s better than adding a pop of color to the mix? I have to tell you, I was shocked when I stumbled into Express recently and found this darling skirt and top. Express is not a store that (before now) I frequented regularly. They have some super darling items!! My favorite part of being in the store was the abundance of bright colors they had for spring. I can’t wait to show you how to style the rest of the items I bought! Stay tuned and have a great day!

Jewelry Styling – two ways

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Sweater: Here Tank: Similar here Jeans: Hudson Heels: SJP Glasses: Kate Spade Necklace: Cowgirls & Indians Facebook page here, Etsy, Instagram

Designer Mackenzy Bailey of Cowgirls & Indians (pictured in photo three 🙂 ) helped style this outfit two ways with her gorgeous jewelry. First with a long turquoise beaded necklace with a beautiful silver clasp she kept in the front. (I love this idea because I normally always put clasps in the back, but I loved this necklace even more with it in the front). She then doubled this necklace to show how to wear it short. The second look was with a three tiered black beaded necklace, paired with guitar string hoop earrings that featured complimentary black beads. I loved working with a designer that was able to show how to style one outfit more than one way!

I hope this gives you all some jewelry inspiration, and be sure to check out the Cowgirls & Indians Facebook page, and Instagram account!

Hope you all have a great day!

Weddington Way + Style me Lauren

weddington way1. Weddington Way – Bridesmaid dress page here 2. Braided Low Bun  3. Peonies  4. Bracelet: Nordstrom 5. Earrings: Kate Spade 6. Clutch: Jimmy Choo 7. Sandals: Jimmy Choo 8. Polish: Essie 9. Shawl: Here 10. Lip Liner : Bobbi Brown 11. Lip Stick: Estee Lauder 12. Nars Lip Gloss: Here 13. Self Tanning Lotion: La Mer 14. Flats: Sperry Top-Sider 15. Eye Shadow: Urban Decay 16. Robe: Betsey Johnson 17. Wedding Rescue Kit: Here 18. Wipes: Here 19. Slip: Here

Today I’m teaming up with Weddington Way, the ultimate one stop online shopping experience for Bridesmaids. I am styling one of their gorgeous bridesmaids dresses from head to toe. Weddington Way has hundreds of bridesmaids dresses in every color and style you can imagine and they are extremely well priced. In addition to having wonderful items to buy, they also have 6 styles in 6 colors of dresses that you can rent!

Weddington way is also a great resource for Rehearsal dinner dresses (they have great short white options for the Bride), bachelorette party dresses, wedding shower dresses, and cute new spring dresses!

I love dreaming about my wedding. What girl doesn’t?! On my Pinterest board, I’ve pinned some fun wedding ideas, including some from Weddington Way. One of the things I haven’t thought through yet are my bridesmaids dresses. How do you choose?! When Weddington Way contacted me about this collaboration, it was so hard for me to pin down a dress and color! I landed on Navy. Navy is so classic. You honestly can’t go wrong. I love how it creates a neutral backdrop for a really bright gorgeous bouquet of pink peonies, pink earrings to match, and neutral (gold/silver) sandals.

One of my favorite ideas for a bridesmaids gift is a pair of colorful flats that compliment the wedding colors.  How many times have you been to a wedding and ladies end up dancing barefoot? I know, it happens all the time! Getting your girls flats they can keep under the table until the ceremony is over is such a cute idea and will keep their feet clean and comfy!

I also love the idea of a slightly loose, but pulled back up-do to pair with this dress. Since this dress is pretty sophisticated, I think it’s best to balance the dress with a more laid back hair style. A slight smokey eye using bronzes, and golds would be a fabulous make up look to compliment this style. I chose a polish from Essie’s ‘The Wedding Collection,’ called Borrowed and Blue. Super cute, feminine, and flattering for all.

Let’s talk about tanning. If you can’t build up a natural tan over time (you know, if you can’t just hop on over to Maui for a week to tan…) I highly recommend NOT getting a spray tan (especially for the first time) right before the wedding. If you are desperate, and want to do a spray tan…do a test run. There is nothing worse than going into the spray tanning booth feeling super confident, having the gal working the front desk tell you that you should definitely put it on the darkest level based on your complexion, and coming out looking dirty, sandy, and gross (oh sorry, has this only happened to me?!). Anyway! If you don’t have time to do a test run, I highly recommend this product by La Mer. This ‘Gradual tan Lotion’ is great because you can use it until you achieve your desired tan. Make sure to apply to clean, dry skin.

One of my favorite items on my list, is #17, the ‘Wedding Rescue Kit.’ I would say this is most important for the Maid Of Honor to purchase and have on the wedding day, but as long as one bridesmaid has it- you’re set! It’s so important to have ’emergency’ tools/supplies ready. Seriously! This is a big day! Floss, pins, tissues, tampons, a nail file, comb, etc. These things matter!! Have them on hand so nothing will happen, and if something does, you’re prepared!

I hope you’ve enjoyed reading my Weddington Way + Style me Lauren collaboration! Please feel free to ask questions and leave comments below.  Happy Tuesday! xo

Valentine’s Day Outfit Ideas

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Dressed up:

Dress (I have this dress in Navy, shown here– such a classic, I love it!) / Shoes / Clutch / Bracelet / Ring / Lipstick / Perfume / Necklace

Casual:

Jeans / Shoes / Heart Top / Ring / Bag / Lipstick / Nail Polish / Necklace

Whether you are going on a Valentine’s date with your boyfriend, or husband, or going out with your girlfriends, it’s always fun to be festive on Valentines day! I’ve put together two outfit ideas, one for a fancier evening, and the other for a more casual night out! I hope this helps you get some great ideas for the big day! xoxo and happy Friday!