No, I promise I’m not into the whole Kim Kardashian bootie trend–I’m talkin’ ankle boots! I have always been obsessed with boots–which is why fall and winter are my favorite seasons. I’m not sure what it is about them, but I honestly feel just a little bit more comfortable and chic in a full covered boot.
I have finally found my one stop shoe shop–Lulu*s. Lulus.com is an affiliate of mine that has such an amazing collection of shoes. I used to hate shopping for shoes because I had to look everywhere to get the look I wanted. Now I have one source that is guaranteed to have everything I need. I can literally find shoes for every occasion and at every price range.
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Believe it or not, I found this super glamorous cardigan at my ultimate favorite store, Forever 21. When I found this fringed knit open cardigan, I immediately thought of my precious puppy Bella. Bella, like myself, is in desperate need of a haircut. I absolutely adore her rounded out and fluffy little body so much that I just can’t bring myself to get her groomed. When she’s groomed, I barely recognize her–therefore, I often procrastinate.
Today, Bella and I are stepping out in our wildest of coats–completely ungroomed. Today, I’m fringing with my twinsie!
To really show off this gorgeous cardigan, I pulled back my hair. It would almost be like
wearing fringe on fringe if I wore my hair down. Next, I wore a simple beige tank top beneath the cardigan so I wouldn’t take away or distract from the cardigan. To continue with the glamour theme, I paired these tops with a simple pair of leather shorts. I then slipped on simple nude heels to give an overall clean look. Finally, I made a bold statement with a simple choker necklace, also from Forever 21.
For a more toned down look, I replaced my leather shorts for my all time favorite denim– my bleached and distressed Paper Denim Cloth jeans. I’ve had these bad boys since my junior year in college–and they wont be going anywhere anytime soon.
Let me know what you think about my look… And oh yeah, happy fringing!
That’s right! You did it! Your are officially half way through! So what have you learned this far? So far I’ve learned the power of positivity and social connections.
Last week we tried something that, I’m sure, made us a little uncomfortable–the eye contact challenge. However, did you noticed that being more engaged in conversation created a rich connection? Most likely the person speaking felt really comfortable and supported.
This upcoming week, I want you to try challenging yourself to eliminate all judgmental thoughts. As you can see I have my youngest daughter’s picture posted for today’s challenge. The reason for this is simple, I want you to channel your inner innocent child.
And be honest with yourself, we all judge. We all make judgments about others, whether it’s a stranger we pass by on the street, a celebrity, or even an Instagram picture we come across (I’m definitely guilty here, ha!). This week, try catch yourself in the act of judging–and simply stop yourself from continuing that thought. Then replace your thought with, “It’s really not my place to judge.”
We all love her… She’s our spunky Sassy Pop. You may have wondered why Sisi has been a little quiet since her back to school special this past August. Well, like every other active fourth grader, she’s been super busy with school and extra curricular activities. And oh yeah, there was also one other thing…
Here’s another reason why you’ll just adore Sisi… I’m sure you all remember my oh so chic surprise birthday party I held for my mom. Well, let’s just say my oldest daughter Sisi knows how to shut down a party.
Toward the end of the party, Sisi decided to use the restroom. After washing her hands, she also decided to splash water on her face. We all know and love her big hair… Well it was actually her big hair that sort of got her in this mess, yet it also saved her. Sisi dipped the tips of her hair into a small bathroom candle and set her entire head on fire. She ran outside to the backyard screaming at the top her lungs, “My hair’s on fire!” I’m sure you can imagine how traumatic this was for everyone to witness–me especially being her mom.
I thank God for our guests quick thinking, because I was literally in shock. After about 7 seconds of frantically running and chasing her down, the fire was finally put out with water from a vase of flowers. I immediately ran my baby to the shower, and rinsed out what seemed like endless chunks of burnt hair. Her entire hair had been given a generous cut, but the center of her head was almost entirely exposed. Three more seconds, and her scalp would’ve been severely burned. Like I said, her big hair also saved her by allowing some time for the fire to reach her scalp.
I fought back my tears trying to stay calm for her, as she cried to me apologizing for the accident. I of course reassured her, endlessly repeating that it was not her fault, and reminded her of what truly mattered.
How could my sweet girl think it was her fault? In fact I blamed myself for not thinking to put the candle somewhere out of the way. But again, all that mattered was that she was okay, and the fire hadn’t caused any major burns. We told Sisi over and over how much worse the situation could have been, and as I repeated this advice, I still had to convince myself of this truth. As thankful as I was, I still worried about bullying at school, and hurtful comments from her classmates.
I prayed and prayed and cried and cried, until I finally snapped out of it and made the best out of the situation like I usually do. I experimented with ways of styling to reduce the questions. Finally after about a bazillion different clips and lots of headbands, I saw her confidence come back to life.
Sisi misses her big hair of course, but she knows it’s just hair and it will grow back. She also recognizes that others aren’t so lucky. She’s truly a trooper and I admire her transparency in wanting to share. So if you’re wondering, “Where’s the curly fro?” Well, it will be making an appearance a little later down the line. Until then, Sisi wants everyone to know she’s super excited about rockin’ her hats, clips, and headbands.
Also, I’ve learned to love and appreciate fragranced plug ins, and battery operated candles. Just sayin.’
Love you all, and thank you for your support! <3
Here’s Sassy Pop rockin’ her floral and military look!
Sassy pop is actually wearing my military vest… a fall season must have. High waisted floral skirt, old, see similar here.Dreamin’ of this floral T-shirt, old, see similar here.
By now I’m sure my followers know that I’m all about adaptability. My outfits must be super chic, yet super adaptable in that, I can wear it for multiple occasions.
Today’s dress is an Elle Lain masterpiece. Pop up shop owner, Lauren Williams, has done it again by selecting the perfect any occasion dress–the Navy Gala Dress. This navy blue beauty is simple, elegant, chic, yet bold. My absolute favorite thing about… It has pockets! For some reason, I am a sucker for dresses with pockets.
So let’s brainstorm here… You may be thinking, “Where would I wear this dress?” Well, the holidays are just around the corner. I’m talking fancy Thanksgiving and Christmas parties. This dress would be the perfect no brainer party dress. What about meeting the girls for a fancy brunch? Bridal showers, baby showers… Well here you go! Tone this dress down by adding bright and fun heels.Attending a wedding? Or better yet, in a wedding? This dress would serve as a classic guest dress, however, it’s also formal enough for the bridesmaids. Speaking of bridesmaids, your girl, and this navy number, will be making an appearance as a bridesmaid in Washington! Yay Jo! <3
Again, this dress is a must for every formal occasion and every girly girl!So what do you think? I think it’s a no brainer!
Starting today, Elle Lain is online! Check out more of Lauren’s amazing pieces! <3 <3 <3
Enjoy feeling beautiful!