Scarf to vest in 4, 3, 2, 1!

simple instructions Lauren AllenIn THIS post last year I showed you what it looks life to turn a scarf into a vest, but not how to! When given the assignment in my Graphic Design class to create simple instructions for something I knew exactly what I needed to do. I love finding new ways to wear my old favorite scarves, and hopefully you do to.


What’s in my bag??

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In honor of Rue La La’s new Handbag Style Guide, they have asked me to share with you what I keep inside the most personal part of my life… my purse! Since it is in the middle of the semester, I have also added in some school essentials.

One of the biggest investments a lot of women make is a high quality purse. It is something that is used every day in all types of weather and situations. Before diving into the purchasing process make sure to check out Rue La La’s Handbags 101 to make sure that your long saved, hard earned money is going into something of he highest quality possible.

My current bag of choice is a Kate Spade tote saying “Is this seat taken? #handsomestranger” purchased off of Ebay because who doesn’t need some humor during a long day of classes and computer work?

The most important things that keep me going on a daily basis are my agenda, blog camera, business cards, wallet and lipstick! Most recently I have been carrying this small card holder rather than a wallet because it is light weight and easily transfers purses. Speaking of light weight, I have given up carrying all of my lipsticks around with me and pick one a day to wear.

On a school day I always add at least three things, besides textbooks and notebooks, my laptop, a file folder, and a small notebook. The file folder is something new this semester. It slips perfectly into my bag and is open at the top. There are eight slots, one for each class and some left over for various other things that require paperwork. The notebook is for To Do lists, quick class notes and jotting down meeting notes. It has saved me multiple times recently!

What can you not leave the house without?

 Tote bag- Kate Spade (similar)
Agenda- Lilly Pulitzer
Wallet- Kate Spade
Business card holder- Vera Bradley
Camera- Canon
Lipstick- Similar (my favorite from MAC, Girl About Town)
 
File Folder- Office Depot
Notebook- Staples
Laptop- Samsung Ultrabook

Meetings and Merlot!

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Last weekend Lexington Fashion Collaborative hosted an open house to show off their new newest residence at Arts Place. Events like this are so fun for me because I get to see old friends from LFC and meet new possible friends and business partners. I may not talk about this much, but if you are in Lexington and you love fashion, LFC if the place to be! Without them (and MOUR Magazine) I would probably still be struggling to get past the New-Girl-in-Town title!

For this event I wanted to look like I knew what I was talking about when talking to people about what I do in fashion. What I eventually landed on was an easy going Summer to Fall look with a bright jumpsuit, an over sized cardigan and suede booties. Since the outfit was so loud I kept the accessories and makeup simple.

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p.s. how cute is little Merlot that hung out at our house for the weekend?? He insisted on being in blog pictures, and I thought I would allow it since he did match my booties! :)


Weddington Way

Weddington Way

Weddington Way bridesmaid dresses- dress 1, dress 2, dress 3

Charming Charlie jewelry- necklace, earrings, bracelet

Shoes- zappos.com

Makeup inspiration- Image Insight

When Weddington Way contacted me and asked “If you were the Maid of Honor and the bride asked you to help her style the look for her big day, what would you suggest?” I couldn’t help but put together a few looks to show you all! Although I am very single, that has not stopped me from being that girl that has had her wedding planned out since she was 10. Now, working in the wedding industry through Image Insight has only increased my wedding planning activities.

One thing I do have a strong opinion about is bridesmaids dresses, and Weddington Way was the perfect place to find the dresses that have been lingering through my mind. Although the color is optional depending on the wedding colors, what I am sure about is the fit of these dresses. Empire waistlines are typically universally flattering. What is important is that every dress is the same color and fabric, but each bridesmaid has a choice of necklines to make them feel comfortable and beautiful. Each neckline requires a different type of jewelry like I have suggested in the photo above. The best part about this jewelry is that it is as affordable as it is beautiful!

The last few details should be cohesive with the wedding party, but unique to the individual bridesmaid. I have shown a pair of shoes that I would suggest with these dresses, and my recommendation would be that the bridesmaids pick something similar that is comfortable for them. Makeup should be the same way. Everyone should be done to perfection (preferable professionally done), probably with bold eyes and a simple lips, but unique to every person.

Which of these Weddington Way Bridesmaids dresses would you pick??


I’d bet on it!

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The month of October is one of the most exciting months here in Lexington. Not only is there Halloween (which people do get very excited about around here) but it is also Keeneland month! Keeneland is a horse racecourse and is only officially opened two months a year. Although I am not the biggest horse fan in the world, I am a HUGE fan of getting dressed up to go hang out with friends and family. Last weekend I was able to take my aunt to the first weekend of the races where we bet on horses, drank bourbon (well… I watched everyone else drink bourbon, being the wonderful designated driver that I am!), and did a little bit of souvenir shopping.

For this adventure we seemed to find the perfect combination of warmth, comfort and fanciness (which may or may not be a word). We both ended up in a sweater dress, black tights, black flats and a statement trench coat. Mine being my favorite jacket from eShakti (similar in navy)!

If you are around the Lexington area this month I would definitely recommend checking out Keeneland, even if only for an inexpensive excuse to get dressed up!


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