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Friday, January 30, 2015

hipster baby// rockin' the flat brim

My teeny tot absolutely loves hats.
He will keep one on all day long if I let him.
(though that doesn't work well with naps)
So I was super excited when I found this little flat brimmed hat at Crazy 8.
only $10!!
It is a total cool kid trucker, 
and baby LOVES it.

shirt//nautica (gifted)
mint pants//carters

These pictures were a little tricky to capture. 
This mister has figured out how to stand up... so sitting really is not exciting.
I thought a little baby lit would help....
but we just want to stand around here.
I guess I'll have to re-work my skills. ;)

H A P P Y  W E E K E N D!

Monday, January 26, 2015

hipster baby// tribal beanie + vest + leggings

happy monday everyone!
here is my stylin' boy again wearing this rad vest i got from target.
lookin' like a stud!

beanie//custom made from golden coast baby
walrus tee//carters
shoes//air jordans (gifted)

but really, he'd just rather eat my phone.
such a sweetie!!


Tuesday, January 20, 2015

the PERFECT dress for you (& me)!

I was recently contacted by the brand eShatki to sample an item.
As you can imagine, I always check out the brand before I agree to collaborate.
I do not like to represent brands unless I absolutely love them...
and let me tell you...
when I first went to the eShatki website, I was in AWE.
there are SO MANY dresses!!!

Since I was a little girl I have been absolutely in love with dresses. 
I would save up all of my money and buy me a pretty dress from Macy's 
and be the happiest girl alive.
Well since then, I have grown and gotten taller. I'm 5'7".
And I mean, generally... not a problem.
But I can be pretty picky when it comes to dresses.
I like them to be long enough to go to my knee & bonus points if the dress 
has sleeves.

Well eShatki is completely customizable.
You can pick out ANY dress
add sleeves
take away sleeves
add length
cut length
add pockets
change the neckline
Is this not absolutely amazing!!??
Plus, they take your measurements & height all into consideration.
My dress fits PERFECTLY.
So you can only assume these dresses cost a fortune?
Well they don't.
(doesn't this all seem like a lie!?)
They are extremely affordable!
Here's a little sneak peek of some of my favorites:
my fav collection of eShatki dresses

check out my incredible dress!

sometimes i just can't model :/ 


& for following my blog, eShatki is kindly giving 10% off Love Notes readers
available now until Feb 20!
Just use the code: lovenotes
and follow these rules ;)

Code has to be entered in the ‘promotional code’ box.   It is not case-sensitive.  
Code can be used any number of times until the validity period. 
It can be clubbed with any other promotional offer, gift coupon or gift card in the same order unless explicitly specified otherwise in the offer conditions.
This discount code is not applicable on clearance / sale, gift cards & overstock categories.
Not applicable on previous purchases.

If you buy something great I want to know about it!!

+ + + + + +
T U E S D A Y//

W E D N E S D A Y//
[style link party @ tucker up]
[style me wednesday @ shopping my closet]
[what i wore to work @ mix and match fashion]
[what i wore @ cappuccino and fashion]

F R I D A Y//

S U N D A Y//

Saturday, January 17, 2015

closet detox for the clothesaholic

Those who know me well know I am a hoarder.
A clothes hoarder that is.
I will hang on to clothes F O R E V E R R R.
Like seriously... 5 years, 8 years, 10 years (yeah 10. I'm so not kidding.)
My closet is a disaster--well, was a disaster until I went through a serious detox.

But before I explain how I did it, you must know first how I used to clean my closet-
how a clothes hoarder cleans a closet:

Crap. I ran out of hangers. I guess I can get rid of some clothes.
(me going from shirt to shirt...) keep, keep, keep, keep, put in the think about pile, keep, keep...etc.
Mmmkay. Let's look at this pile of 5 shirts.
Well, I know I have had this one since my junior year in high school, 
but it could come back in style. I better hold on to it.
I can totally give this one away. 
WAIT... actually, if I layer this with this one tank it would be really cute. 
So yeah, I'll keep it.
And, I think I'll just fold this other one...
I can wear it to dance, or camping, or something random to preserve 
this shirt I can't seem to let go of.
Ok so now 2 left... I'll ask sissy if she wants them.
That way I can borrow them if I ever decide I want them back. 
Better safe than sorry!

Is this not ridiculous? I don't understand it! Really. How can I be so attached to CLOTHES.
Yet somehow. I AM.

Thus.... the closet detox:
+step one+
I finally had to tell myself...let it go. Sing a little frozen tune and don't hold on to these clothes anymore! Be honest with yourself. Are you really going to wear that shirt. Not maybe, not probably, not you-totally-could-wear-it-now-that-you-remember-you-had-it. Just yes or no. If the answer is a solid yes. Keep it! There is nothing wrong with keeping a shirt for ten years if you really love it. (At least in my eyes.) If the answer is no, give your little lovely a kiss and get RID of it. 
Now for me at this point, I had a good size pile of clothes. 
I put them in a basket in my garage but not before I took back a couple of things. 
*cough* hoarder *cough*
Being so attached still led me to... 

+step two+
Many of you have probably heard of the closet cleaning technique where you turn all your hangers one way and if you wear them within a year or something you hang them up the other way and any "unturned" hangers after a year (or something) you get rid of. If this works for you, I tell you right now, go for it! But this method does NOT work for me. I'm talking serious detox people. I am trying to go cold turkey here-cut the cord-and just get rid of my clothes that I don't wear 
(that was seriously hard for me to type. tear.)
So I decided to get all the clothes I haven't worn for awhile... not my cute brand new shirts, but the shirts or pants that truly have not been worn for some time and wear an "old" outfit every day for a week or two or a month or however long it takes. If you don't feel cute, or comfortable, or happy about any article of clothing you are wearing that day, get rid of it. By doing this you are consciously thinking about how you move, feel, and look in the clothing you don't wear as much.

+step three+
WE really do live in a cool age where you can sell old clothing so easily. Recently, my favorite find is vinted.com (namely the app vinted). It is so easy to sell your old clothing on there. They think of everything so YOU don't have to. You can also buy or trade clothing with other "vinties". 
I love the app. For real.
But there are other apps too! Just check them out. 
Search "sell clothes" on the app store and a bunch come up. 
Or how about facebook? 
Do many of you know that usually in your area there is a "yard sale" type group?
Just search in the FB bar things like: 
"(Your city's name) Yard Sale"
"(City's name) Clothing Swap"
"(City's name) Closet"
Just make sure to follow the rules the admin has created for the group. :)
And of course there is ebay.
Hubby suggested to me to create a bundle of my clothing that are all the same size and label them "Women's Clothing Size Small" or whatever and start the bidding at a low, manageable price or do a ready to buy at a higher price. Just take a picture of all of the clothes together that would be in the bundle and then take individual shots of some of the best pieces from the bundle to show.
Of course, you can give away the clothing to family, friends, thrift shops, etc.

Well, there you have it.
I know it seems brutal. I can honestly tell you I never thought I would do this.
But I did! And it feels so good!
The only things left in my closet are cute, classy, stylish, and most importantly-ME.
I never have any more "bad outfit" days because my closet doesn't even hold that option for me.
Plus... the saving on space... nobody can complain about that. ;)
And am I down to 40 shirts? HECK NO!!
I still have a FULL closet. 
But now, it is manageable!
Happy Closet Cleaning!!
xo__lauryn ♥

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

flowing + printed + classy

beautifully printed and flowing blouses have been a style staple since 2012
and the trend is totally going to stick around for 2015.
flouncy & printed blouses are a must have for me.
i love that i can put on a pretty blouse, some mascara, red lips, and a ponytail
yet still look like i'm ready for the day.

i have been doing some collaboration with sheinside and i have LOVED their products and website.
i put together some of my favorite printed blouses from sheinside
the links to each blouse are below the picture, and bonus...
they are all totally affordable!!
which one is your favorite? let me know what you think.

printed blouses

happy tuesday everyone!
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