Bridal Fashion Show






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There are some things in life that you never see coming, and fly by before you can really take it all in. Last weekend I had the honor of producing 2 fashion shows during the Diamond Rings and Pretty Things bridal show.

Producing this fashion show pushed me in ways I had been hungry to experience, and threw curve balls that I did not expect. Some of the many moving parts involved in a fashion show like this one are getting vendors who want to show their dresses, locking down hair and makeup, and finding reliable models.

Luckily, I produced a similar show in August, so I had many of the vendor connections already. What was hardest part was finding models that were available Friday night, Saturday and Sunday, as well as having time to go to four different fittings. In the end, every model was nothing but amazing to work with and we all had a lot of fun together!

We had some bumps in the road along the way, but solving unexpected problems was all a part of the learning experience. The biggest struggle for me (and a great part at the same time) was hosting the whole show on Saturday, which prevented me from being behind the scenes with my hands in the rush of quick changes. Luckily they all lived without me, until Sunday when I was able to get back to rolling my sleeves up and diving into the work!

As much work as it was to prep for the weekend and make it through, I am sad that it is over, and that I will be in a different city before the next bridal show comes along.

Hopefully this was just the beginning of a full career of exciting opportunities like this!

New Year, New Work!

Fashion Portraits - Alyssa Alexander

Fashion Portraits - Alyssa Alexander

Fashion Portraits - Alyssa Alexander

Fashion Portraits - Alyssa AlexanderPhotographer: Michael McCrystal 

Model: Alyssa Alexander

Makeup: Image Insight

Styling: Lauren Allen

I’ve been doing a lot of thinking during my blogging break. After almost 800 blog posts, I think it is time to add a twist to Lauren Allen’s Fashion Blog.

For now, I will be posting photo shoots that I have styled, rather than my personal outfits! If you still want to see my outfits, they will be on my Instagram- @laurenallenfashionblog

To start off this new adventure, I am posting the photo shoot I started the year with.

On January 1st, my team bundled up and set out towards an old barn to try something different than any of us had done before! I loved the idea of shooting in a dirty, old, dusty building with the model in something totally opposite.

What made this photo shoot so easy was that our model is actually my size, so this wardrobe is right out of my closet. This red dress was my senior prom dress, and the vegan fur coat I got for next to nothing over a year ago. Typically I borrow clothes from local boutiques for photo shoots, but there was too much chance of ruining this outfit which is why I used my own clothes.

This photo shoot is the perfect example of, “If you love what you do, you’ll never work a day in your life,” because there are not many people you could convince to work on Jan. 1st!

Dior & I

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Just in case you were under the impression that Kentucky doesn’t know about fashion, you are wrong!

Recently I attended (as a board member of the Lexington Fashion Collaborative) the Kentucky premiere of Dior & I, which you can find on iTunes, along with a red carpet and awards ceremony. I even got to talk about it on the news and be on state to present the Collaborative!

This was a night to remember with great fashion, friends and an amazing film! For the event I wore a Divine on Broadway dress that made me feel like a princess! I styled it with gold sandals and a sting of pearls reworked to look like a body chain making the look all mine.


Rocksbox Rocks!

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With the first semester of my Senior year in full swing, shopping has been pushed to the very back of my priorities list. Although this is good for my wallet, it is not good for my shopaholic instincts!

Luckily, Rocksbox contacted me recently with the answer to my dilemma! Through them you can rent designer jewelry rather than putting the money down to buy it full price. This is especially helpful if you are on the fence about whether you would really wear something or not. For me, that was these kendra Scott earrings.

I love that someone else picked out the jewelry for me because even though I do love to shop, it is fun having someone else pick things out for me.

If not for the stylist, I would have never tried this attached double ring that will now be one my finger for the rest of the month!

The best part of all of this is that you can rent jewelry for FREE for a month using the code: laurenallenfashionblogxoxo .

Disclaimer: Compensation was not provided for this post. My deal is similar to yours. Also, I did do a happy dance in my kitchen when my box came because it is really that exciting!

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Fall Favorites!

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fringe boots- Zappos

Wine colored booties- Aldo

Military jacket- Macy’s

Flare jeans- Dillards

Cranberry crossbody-  Nordstrom Rack

London Fog-  Amazon

Prepping for KRNL Fashion’s Fall issue has had me craving Fall fashion, so I though I would share my Fall must-haves on here before the magazine comes out! Booties literally show up in my dreams. There are just so many beautiful colors, textures and styles to choose from! The best ones have just a little heel and fringe (adding a beautiful color is a plus). Military inspired jackets are back in full spring. Keep this look classic with a hunter green cinched waist jacket or trench coat. Speaking of classic, we are totally throwing it back this Fall all of the way back to bell bottom jeans! Dress these up with a pair of heels, or down with a simple tee. Finally, the color that has me drooling is cranberry. Try this color in a pair of booties, a bag or even in a jacket to really make a statement.

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