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Guide to Clashing Prints with Fiercely Charming…

Shoes: Anthropologie (Old! Similar Fall style here) • Skirt: Francescas (Old! Similar style here) • Top: Lauren Conrad Collection • Earrings: Stella and Dot • Handbag: Givenchy (Similar style here) • Watch: Michele • Cuff: David Yurman • Ring: David Yurman • Lipstick: Kim KW by Charlotte Tilbury

I love mixing patterns but it can be hard to determine which patterns look good together – especially if they are both dominate. I love when I see gals mix two very bold prints – I’m always thinking, how did they come up with that look…and it looks good!

In this post, I’m going to review 3 ways to mix, match, and clash patterns that you can easily apply to your wardrobe.

  1. Pick two prints that Share a Similar Color. Similar to this outfit, you’ll notice the skirt is a navy blue, checkered pattern and the top is all florals (two very different patterns) – however, the top has blue hues which ties in the blue in the skirt.
  2. Treat Stripes and Checkered Patterns as Neutral Looks. This skirt is not the dominant pattern – the florals are. I look at the small, checkered pattern as a neutral and you can mix any other pattern with it – as long as the second pattern has blue in it, it will mix well.
  3. Break up Patterns with a Bold Shoe. Add a bold color to your 2 mixed patterns through an accessory – a belt or pair of shoes. The trick to adding a color is that is in the same color family. For example, in this look, I added a yellow shoe, but the yellow was a pastel color which matched well with the prints.

How do you mix and match your patterns?

 

 

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Do's and Don'ts for Transitioning from Summer to Fall…

Shoes: Tory Burch (On Sale for $199!) • Denim: Free People • Top: Evereve • Handbag: Saint Laurent (similar style here) • Watch: Michele • Cuff: David Yurman • Gold Cuff: Stella and Dot • Necklace: Stella and Dot (no longer available, but similar style here) • Earrings: Kate Spade • Lipstick: YSL #1 • Ring: David Yurman

I love a neutral lace look – it’s easy to wear with just about any bottom: denim, black pants, a skirt – it goes with everything. And can be worn in the summer and the Fall depending on how you pair it. I picked up this lace top from a local boutique called, Evereve – they have some darling items. And I thought it would be perfect to transition from these hot temps to the 60 degree weather.

Below, I’ve included some Do’s and Don’ts for transitioning your wardrobe from summer to Fall:

  1. Do Wear Leggings | Ladies, it’s time to break out leggings or tights with those dresses to keep you warm. Plus, I love taking a dress that I wore in the summer and pairing it with leggings for Fall.
  2. Don’t Wear Crop tops | To me, crop tops are specifically for spring and summer – I don’t know about you but showing my midriff in the Fall is like looking at a ghost. I recommend saving those tops for Summer 2018!
  3. Do Wear Sandals | I’m a big proponent of wearing sandals into Fall. For example, Paul Green’s sandals are perfect to pair with denim on days that aren’t freezing. So if you can extend your sandal wear into Fall, I highly recommend it.
  4. Don’tWear Hiking Gear Unless You’re Hiking | I know I live in Seattle so NorthFace, Patagonia, Arcteryx – they are all great brands with fantastic outdoor gear. But in the Fall, I try to invest in one coat/jacket that I can wear throughout the winter – one that is easy to layer and can be easy to wear on a warmer Fall day. I invested in this Burberry coat back in Spring and it has been so versatile and easy to wear throughout the summer nights so I can imagine it’s going to be perfect for Fall.
  5. Do Become Besties with this Accessory | Scarves, scarves, scarves! They are my go-to accessory for Fall. In fact, I have an entire dresser drawer dedicated to scarves. In the Fall, it’s so easy to throw on a top and some denim and dress it up with a fun, colorful or pattern-esque scarf. So if you’re low in the scarf department, go pick a few to add to your wardrobe.

What are your transition tips for Fall?

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The Must-Have Summer Dress Under $50!…

Shoes: Tory Burch • Dress: Nasty Gal (On sale for $25!) • Earrings: Nordstrom • Sunnies: Tory Burch • Bracelets: J.Crew • Handbag: Clare V. • Watch: Michele • Cuff: David Yurman • Ring: David Yurman • Lipstick: Brave by MAC

Ok, let me break it down for you – It’s summer, it’s hot, and dress season is in full swing! When it’s super hot out, I love wearing dresses because they are flowy and easy to stay cool in. This dress is <insert heaven hands> so perfect for summer.

Below I’ve listed my Top 3 reasons you must-have this dress for your summer months:

  1. Perfect for any Occasion. This dress can easily be dressed up for a wedding or worn casually to a bridal shower or lunch with girlfriends. The ruffle detail really adds personality to this dress and is the statement of this look. No need to add a ton of accessories – the ruffles do it. I loved pairing this dress with a leopard print so it adds a pop of pattern. I also could see this dress paired with some scrappy sandals with a heel to dress it up and add an elongated/fancy look.
  2. The Price. Gals, this dress is originally $50 but is ON SALE for $25!! I repeat, $25! And the material is not cheap material – it’s a thicker fabric that will definitely last, so be sure to snag yours now at Nastygal.com.
  3. Fits any Body Type. Whether you are tall, this will show off some leg without being too short- or petite (like me), it can be worn as a more formal look since it falls beyond the knees. It lays off the shoulder with an elastic fabric so can easily be worn higher or lower on someone’s shoulders, given their height.

How would you wear this dress?

 

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4th of July Outfit Inspiration…

Shoes: Tory Burch • Dress: Zara (On Sale for $19.99!) • Clutch: Clare V • Sunnies: Karen Walker • Watch: Michele • Cuff: David Yurman • Earrings: Stella and Dot • Lipstick: YSL #1 Le Rouge • Ring: David Yurman 

Ok – I’m going to get right to it: I know my legs are as translucent and pale as Casper the Ghost – so sorry that you have to see them like that (I didn’t have time for a spray tan!). But don’t worry, I’ll be using my at-home self tanner (St. Tropez is my fave!) this week.

I’m definitely going to want to use my self tanner with the 4th on the horizon. I LOVE – let me repeat – I LOVE the 4th of July! I love the spirit, the love, the way we come together on that holiday and celebrate our Independence. It’s a really good time to reflect on ourselves – are we truly being the people we want to be, are we serving others, are we standing up for who we want to be in this life? All of these reflections are popping into my head this week. I’m planning on doing a ‘New Years Resolution Check-In’ blog post to see where I’ve come since I stated my resolutions. Stay tuned for that.

Back to the 4th – if you haven’t figured out what to wear, may I suggest you grab your keys, hop in your car, and drive over to your nearest Zara – guys, this dress is on sale for $19.99! (It’s hard to tell, but it’s navy blue) Grab one for yourself, apply your favorite red lipstick, and sunnies and ladies, you’re all set! I’ve worn this dress a few times already and it’s super comfortable – the fabric is soft and actually thicker than you’d think (given the price). It’s perfect for a 4th of July party, BBQ, fireworks show – just don’t forget your blankets at night!

What are you doing for the 4th?

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How-to Dress Casual this Summer…

Shoes: Tory Burch • Denim: Rag and Bone • Top: William RAST (On Sale for $39.99!) • Handbag: Valentino • Earrings: Stella and Dot (On Sale for $39.20!) • Sunnies: Celine (Similar style here) • Watch: Michele • Cuff: David Yurman • Ring: David Yurman 

Summer has finally hit Seattle and it is absolutely gorgeous. If you haven’t visited Seattle before, I highly recommend coming between June and October. They are (usually!) the warmest, most beautiful months here in the PNW. When it comes to summers in Seattle, the temps are typically between 75-85 degrees but there are days when it can drop to 65-70 degrees – not too hot, not too cold.

When it’s a bit cooler than in the 80’s, us Seattleites need some layers. This look is perfect for those summer days when the sun is out but the temps are lower than the norm. I love these rag and bone jeans because they fit super well, I didn’t have the get them hemmed, and the color never seems to fade like other denim. I paired them with this ‘triple tie top’. Ya’ll, I’m in LOVE with this top. It’s a thick linen fabric and ties on the sleeves and at the bottom of the top. The back lays a bit longer which I love because the shirt never rides up. You may be wondering, what is this brand, William RAST? Well, I found it at Macy’s and it’s a brand by Justin Timberlake – when I found that out, I was like, SOLD! Definitely check this brand out.

I paired this look with my Tory Burch sandals (that I’ve had for 3 summers now – they are so great!) which are super comfortable and easy to walk around in. If you are wine tasting, walking around town, or grabbing  lunch with your girlfriends, these sandals are perfect to pair with a casual look.

What is your favorite casual look for summer?

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10 Things You Probably Didn't Know About Me…

Instead of doing the typical ‘Instagram Roundup’ with links to everything I’m wearing (which I’ll still do!), I thought I’d open up a little and give you a peek into who I am through my photos – a little ‘Behind the Scenes’ of Lauren’s life. Shall we?

See full blog post on this outfit.

  1. I’m Obsessed with Birthdays. I literally think my birthday is a national holiday 😉 I’m the annoying type that tells her friends and family that her birthday is coming up months before. (at least I’m owning it) My birthday was last week and my hubby took me to Canlis. It was THE best food and service. For every special occasion, like birthday’s, anniversary’s, etc – we like to go out to dinner at a fancy place. This year was the first time we went to Canlis together. So fun!

Handbag: Saint Laurent (Similar style here)

2. I love Sunday’s. Sunday’s, to me, are my day of rest. We try to make it to church – we go to Bellevue Foursquare – but if we don’t, we lay in bed and read the bible or pray together. It is my favorite part of the day. I typically try to get my errands done on Saturday but if I don’t, I run to the grocery store after service and 9 out of 10 times, I buy flowers. If I had nothing in my house but flowers, I’d be in heaven (and be completely cool with sleeping on the floor!).

Dress: Target

3. Gifts are my Love Language. I figured this out back in college and it’s been pretty darn accurate ever since. I love gifts! However, lately, flowers have been my absolute favorite gift and I have to say – my friends and family nailed it this year on the flower front. I literally filled all my vases (I have 11!) with flowers for my birthday. Seriously makes my heart happier than any other gift.

Handbag: Givenchy • Watch: Michele • Shoes: Valentino

4. My Michele Watch is 6 Years Old. So if you’ve followed me for any amount of time, you’ll notice I always wear my Michele watch (always!). I have LOVED this watch since I was 18 years old – in fact, I loved it so much that after I got my first bonus at work after college, I marched my way over to Nordstrom and purchased this bad boy. It’s been on my wrist ever since – I wear it everyday to work and on the weekends, even in weddings. I have even looked at other Michele or other brand watches and nothing suits my fancy. It still looks brand new and I’ve only changed the battery twice (twice in 6 years! whoa). I am and will always be a Michele fan.

5. I’ve drank coffee since I was 10. You may be thinking, what in the world is wrong with your mother to give you coffee that young? Well, first off, nothing is wrong with her, and secondly, I always BEGGED her to have a cup of decaf coffee. Ever since I was little, I loved the smell and always wanted a cup with some whipped cream on top. Now, as an adult, I cherish my one cup of coffee in the morning (I’m a one cup kinda gal). On Saturday’s and Sunday’s, Chuck always wakes me up with a cup of coffee in bed – it makes my weekends!

6. I love drinking with my Dad. My dad is the martini master!! He makes, hands down, THE BEST martini in town (seriously! you can ask my friends). Him and my mom love entertaining and he loves to make everyone their drink of choice (alcoholic, of course ;)). I have learned to like many alcoholic beverage because of him. This one is a French 75 (mm mm good!). It’s champagne, lemon, and gin!

Sweater: Zara

7. Chartreuse is my favorite color. Lately, I’ve been dying over this mustard/chartreuse color. The mustard mules above were from Anthropologie and are super comfortable. This chartreuse sweater is from Zara and would look great with a pair of denim or white pants for spring.

Shoes: Tory Burch • Jeans: J.Crew • Top: Banana Republic

8. I have a work husband (and Chuck knows!). I seriously work with THE best coworkers and literally thank the Lord every single day for them. One, in particular, has become more than just a coworker, he has become one of my best friends. Erik and I have worked on the same campaign at work for the past year and it truly has been the BEST, most fun year. He is the best marketer I’ve known – I hope one day, I can be like him. We call each other ‘work wife’ and ‘work husband’ because we work so closely – even though he lives in NYC (Thank goodness for Skype!). EMoe – I love working with you! Thank you for always teaching and guiding me. I cherish our friendship and can’t WAIT to come visit you in NYC next week!

Shoes: DSW (Under $30!) • Dress: Target • Necklace: Stella and Dot

9. $12 Shift dresses are my Summer Go-To. I love dresses in summer. They are so easy to throw on and even easier to dress up or dress down. Shift dresses are simple and easy to throw on with a few accessories like I did in this photo. This dress was from Target last summer (for $12.99!) – I threw these darling pale pink mules on with some gold accessories and boom – this dress instantly became a work outfit.

10. Why Fiercely Charming? My last ‘get to know me’ fact is all about my blog. No, I don’t have 500K followers and no I’m not monetizing (yet!) but at this point, that doesn’t matter to me (I get asked about followers and monetization all the time so had to address it!) because I….Love….It! I always pray about where the Lord wants me to take my blog and right now, what keeps going over and over in my mind is from Psalm 37:5, “Commit your way to the Lord, trust in Him, and He will do it.” So right now, I’m sticking with my goals and keepin’ on keepin’ on.

My goal with Fiercely Charming is to serve women (period). I want to empower every woman that comes across my site – empower them to want to dress up more (or down), empower them to feel confident in showing their style at work, empower them to find their favorite top on a budget. I hope Fiercely Charming has put a smile on your face once or twice or got you excited to put an outfit together for a date night or girls night out. Because at the end of the day, that is what I want to do.

If you have any feedback or want me to write about specific topics, please write me a comment. I’d love to hear from you!

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4 Ways to Wear Suede in Spring…

SUEDE IS IN!

Shoes: Dolce Vida (only $99.90!) • Jeans: Rag and Bone • Top: Banana Republic • Jacket: Zara • Handbag: Saint Laurent (Similar style here) • Watch: Michele • Cuff: David Yurman • Ring: David Yurman • Lipstick: Brave by MAC

I’m dying over this jacket. I’ve seen so many suede jackets this spring but when I saw this one – in this perfect pink color – I had to get it. As a petite gal, it’s hard to wear bulky clothes and look sleek. Bulky and sleek just don’t go together! So when I think about suede, I think heavy, baggier and not fitting – which is hard for us petite gals. This suede jacket is shorter than your typical jacket, the sleeve length fits perfect, and as I mentioned, the color got me hooked!

Now, I know not all suede items look great on my ladies who are under 5’2 – Good News my fellow petite gals – I have figured out how to pull off suede in the spring and not feel like you’re wearing a baggy outfit.  Below, I’m sharing 4 different ways to wear suede this spring:

  1. Dresses. There are so many darling suede dresses – this one is a great one and under $40! As a petite gal, you could wear this dress by itself and some cute pumps or wedges and you’re set. If it feels too baggy, grab your black or beige belt, tie it around your waist, and you’ll accentuate your silhouette.
  2. Shoes. Suede booties and pumps are IN! I’m loving the suede pumps because they are perfect for work or a night out with your man.  Here are a pair of Sam Edelman that are super cute. The booties are also a great shoe addition for everyday wear. The black suede looks very rich and can be dressed up for work or a girls night. A beige suede bootie would be perfect for a casual Saturday running errands and grabbing lunch with your girlfriends.
  3. Skirts. I love skirts! As a petite woman, being able to tuck your shirt into a skirt cinch’s your waist and is very flattering. When you think about a suede skirt, you don’t have to worry about it being too baggy because you can fix that with your top. This skirt would be perfect to wear when you’re presenting to your boss and then worn to happy hour with your girlfriends (and it’s under $50!).
  4. Accessories. If you’ve followed me for any amount of time, you know I have a handbag obsession. I love just them – all shapes, all sizes, and all colors – I just love handbags. It’s my thing! Suede may not be your thing all the time – and that’s ok – but if you’re wanting to add a pop of color to your outfit, accessories can accomplish that for you. Specifically, a handbag! Here is an example of chartreuse, suede handbag that would brighten up a spring outfit in 2 seconds. If you’re looking for a stronger look without diving into it – a suede accessory will do the trick.

How have you worn suede this Spring?

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Scared to Wear White? 3 Tips to Help Face your Fears…

Shoes: Jimmy Choo • Pants: Ann Taylor (Old! Similar style here) • Top: Anthropologie (Old! Similar style here) • Handbag: Givenchy (Similar style here – Only $69.95!) • Watch: Michele • Cuff: David Yurman • Ring: David Yurman • Earrings: Stella and Dot • Bracelet: Tiffany & Co. • Lip Liner: Vino by MAC • Lipstick: Rebel by MAC

I love a pair of white pants more than I love jeans and other denim. White has a sense of fancy and style without trying. However, I know what you may be thinking, ‘There is no way I’m wearing white! I will have a stain on those babies in 2 mins.’ Well, I get it and used to feel the same way until I owned these.

Today, I’m going to break your fear of wearing white so you’ll want to jet over to the mall and grab a pair yourself.

  1. When to Wear White. First off, there is a difference between white denim and a white pair of slacks. I’m going to focus on the slacks but if you’re interested, you can find out how to pick the right white denim for you here. Ok – so here’s the deal: These pants can be worn professionally or out on the town with your man or your girls. They are definitely a bit fancier so not super conducive for a Saturday running errands 😉  They are the statement piece – between the leg width, the belt detail, and the color – they will make your outfit shine. Which is kind of funny, because typically when you think ‘statement’ piece, you think bright colors and shiny accessories (am I right?!).
  2. Tide To-Go is Your BFF. I know one fear many of you may have is, ‘How do you avoid stains?’. First off, pants don’t manage to stain (for me!) as much as tops do so hopefully you won’t have too many issues with pants. However, my one tip for wearing white is: Tide to-go. I always toss a Tide to-go stick in my handbag when I wear my white pants. That way, if you accidentally spill your food on your lap (I’m totally guilty of that!) then you can run to the bathroom and get the stain out instantly instead of waiting till you bring them to the cleaners. 
  3. What to Pair White With. The beauty of white is you can wear it with just about anything, any color, any pattern, etc. If you were to wear these pants to work, I would recommend sticking to the neutral color palette so it remains a professional look – a black blazer with white pants and your black or nude pumps would be perfect for a day with loads of meetings and/or a big presentation. Grab one of your fun clutches (to spice up the look!) and you’re on your way. Now, if you plan to wear these pants out for a girls night or a date night – then you can explore several more options. Colorful tops, textured patterns, i.e. lace, statement accessories, and fun shoes can all be worn with these pants to make them even dressier. You’ll be the best dressed for your evening out!

I hope this has helped you face your fears of wearing white. Honestly, my motto is – they are just clothes. You can get them dry-cleaned (worst case!) so wear them and enjoy them!

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How to Wear Florals When Winter Lingers…

I spy a really cute photobomber!

Shoes: Steve Madden (On sale for $39.90!) • Jumpsuit: Old! (Similar style here!) • Sweater: Old! (Similar style here!) • Clutch: Old! (Similar style here!) • Earrings: Stella and Dot • Lipstick: YSL Le Rouge • Lip Liner: Kiss Me Quick by MAC • Watch: Michele • Cuff: David Yurman • Ring: David Yurman

This past weekend, Seattle was blessed with one, not two, but one absolutely beautiful spring day – and that day was Friday! Luckily my manager told us to get out of the office in the afternoon so we could actually enjoy this one day worth of pure bliss. But it was stunning – the sky didn’t have a cloud in sight, the birds were chirping, and the bees were out! When the bees are out, it means its a nice day! 😉

Then Saturday and Sunday rolled around and it was back to…wait for it…rain! And more rain. Apparently Seattle broke a record for the most days of rain in a row – a whopping 122 days! Vitamin D deficiency much? Holy smokes – why?? I just don’t understand. But with the final days of winter still around, there has to be a way to brighten your look – and I’ve got the trick.

Florals for Spring, groundbreaking.

We’ve all heard this line. But shockingly enough – florals didn’t make the Top 6 Spring trends this year. However, pink did. And when there’s florals, there’s pink. Pink was huge during NYFW and Paris Fashion week. On these days when winter wants to hang (but we’re like Mean Girls and say, ‘You can’t sit with us!’), throw on your black jumpsuit and add a pop of floral to freshen your look. I love floral sweaters because you can easily dress up a neutral outfit with it. I linked an adorable floral top from TopShop because mine is super old. I also love the floral print sandals/heels. They can add color and a fresh look to any neutral outfit.

How do you wear your florals for Spring?

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How-to Wear 1 Dress to 3 Different Occasions…

Meet my sweet nephew, Nixon, and gorgeous mama!

Shoes: Michael Kors • Dress: Eliza J from Nordstrom • Bracelet: Tiffany & Co. • Watch: Michele • Ring: David Yurman • Earrings: T&J Designs • Clutch: Francesca’s (old! Similar style here) • Lipstick: Chanel

I have eyed this dress for about a year now! You’re probably thinking, has this dress actually been available for a year? Well, no. But, last Spring, Eliza J had this exact same, 2 piece dress with the same lattice work design but was in a light pink color. It was so gorgeous! But, I didn’t have it in the budget to purchase when it came out so I thought, I’ll just wait a few weeks and go pick it up. Well, a few weeks came and went and when I went to Nordy’s to pick it up, there was no size 0 in the entire company :/ I was so bummed!

So when I saw this baby a few months ago, I literally got up that Saturday and went straight to Nordstrom to pick it up. And it fit so perfectly! What I love about this 2 piece is it’s very comfortable, classy (it doesn’t show your midriff even though the top is a crop), and the skirt has pockets. I mean, how much more comfortable can you get?

Beyond the fit, here’s the real beauty of this dress – you can wear it to 3 different occasions, 3 different ways, aka. no outfit repeat! Below I’ve captured the 3 outfits and occasions you can wear this to:

  1. Girls Night | Crop Top with Denim. Ok – summer is on it’s way (at least I hope! This whole rain situation needs to end). But once summer does arrive, girls nights on the patio is a must. And when preparing for your girls night, you got to prepare your outfit. I would recommend taking this crop top and pairing it with denim shorts or skinnies and some heels. This way, the top is still the statement but also dresses up a simple denim look – which is perfect for a night with your girls!
  2. Spring/Summer Wedding | The Full Dress. With weddings filling up our calendars for the spring/summer, it’s always fun to pick out a new dress to wear. But first, we have to make sure it’s not white – check! This two piece number would be perfect for attending a wedding in. It’s baby blue, so won’t clash with the bride 😉 and is easy to wear when the suns shining on you. I’d definitely recommend a comfortable dress like this for an upcoming wedding – plus, when you hit the dance floor, you can twirl that skirt around like nobody’s business!
  3. Dinner Party or BBQ | Add a Graphic Tee. Once the sun is constantly shining, we tend to want to entertain more because we can BBQ and be outside in the sunshine. Plus, our friends like to do the same, so the summer’s are filled with Saturday night parties/BBQs. I would recommend pairing this skirt with a fun, graphic tee (like this one I showcased a few weeks ago!). It dresses down the skirt while still allowing it to be the statement. I would then add a pair of fun sandals (flats or heels) and call it a day. Super easy to put together and will be easy to wear to someone’s house.

Hope you love this dress as much as I do and get as great use out of it!

xo Lauren