Playing dress up!

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On Friday I changed my sister’s plans up a bit, and surprised her and her friend with a trip to the mall for my favorite pastime at their age- Trying on prom dresses that I wouldn’t be able to wear for a few years! (side note, this is still one of my favorite pastimes…)

Kate Spade couldn’t be more correct when saying, “Playing dress up begins at age five and never truly ends.”

Although I am too old for prom now, I have been noticing some trends. The two piece is one of my favorites, and probably the most unique. I also love the high necklines with sparkly bodices. It doesn’t get much better than that!

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My Spring Break

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As you have probably figured our by now, I am not a normal college student. I planned my whole Spring Break around working as much as possible because that is what makes me happiest. During that week I styled five different photoshoots/events. One of them was for the Lexington Herald Leader which was printed today, and online here! I also had a photoshoot that I knew would be a lot of fun, so I decided to do a “Day in the Life of a Stylist” vlog, which you can watch here! After that, Swept Away did a promo shoot and I created a time lapse of how we transformed the dining room into a romantic Moroccan getaway, which is here. And that is just the beginning, but these links should keep you busy until I can share more. :)


Offensive Midriffs?!?!

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It takes a lot to offend me. I am known for letting a lot of thing roll off my back and shrugging stress off of my shoulders. One thing, particularly one class, has been eating at me recently. It is a class that  I was thrilled to take because I though we would be learning about successful, strong, proud women. Instead we have been spending the last couple of classes tearing women down for what they are wearing.

Earlier this week we read an article about midriffs in advertising. The author’s point of view was that showing midriffs in advertising objectifies women. She believes that this is showing women to be inferior to men. Before getting to why this offends me, I just need to point out Abercrombie, Calvin Klein, and practically every perfume advertisement ever that sexualizes men’s midriffs.

The main thing that bothers me about this article is that we are blaming advertisers for just publishing what is already in fashion. Crop tops are one of the biggest fashion trends this season. This is not because the advertisers told us to wear them, it is because trend setting fashionistas and designers decided that they liked crop tops, which slowly trickled town to the mass market. These trend setters are not influenced by getting male attention, a fear of standing out, or self-consciousness. They are the successful, strong, proud women that I was hoping to learn about in this class.

I am not saying that it is necessarily the best thing in the world, but, in my opinion, women in advertising look very strong and in charge of their own bodies, no matter how much clothing they have on. The only thing that we need to worry about is making sure that young girls understand that there is a difference between real life and advertising.

We need to stop blaming and pointing fingers, and start researching and asking questions.

P.S. I confidently wore this outfit before the subject came up in class!

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Spring Showers!

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It is officially by Spring Break and I am not going to let some wet weather to rain on my parade! I plan to stick to my normal schedule of being unlike most college student, and spend my week in Lexington, working hard and reading business books with a huge smile on my face! I am terribly pale though, so maybe I will do some of that reading outside if the sun decides to pop out. Follow my on Instagram (@laurenallenfashionblog) for behind the scenes pictures of my photoshoots and fashion statements during the week!


Normal??

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You all have no idea how happy I am to finally not have to put on a puffy coat, blanket scarf, hat and gloves before safely leave the house! This jacket is the perfect transition piece for when I am tired of putting on a real coat, but it’s still too cold to go without that extra layer. It even got warm enough that day to take off the sweater layer of this outfit! A normal person would have taken off the top layer, not the middle one, but the first thing to get ditched for me is the most boring piece! Who would want to be “normal” anyways??

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