Miss Independent: What I Wore on The Fourth of July

IMG_3206Shout-out to my girl Kelly Clarkson for this blog post title. Here’s a brief, and very very delayed, look at what I wore during my Fourth of July festivities. I love to keep things festive and dress in my very best red white and blue. I adore the United States shaped necklace I wore. At school I’m an American studies major and I wear this necklace when I have tests or papers due for good luck.

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Dress: Gap Shoes: Brooks Brothers Sweater: Juicy Couture Necklace: LF Bow: Bought from a local crafter

Check out what I wore for The Fourth of July last year!

Birds of a Feather

Bird Dress-6This dress is another one of my favorite finds from my trip to England (Check out my other blog post featuring English clothing). It’s from Cath Kidston, a brand my mother and I discovered while shopping in Oxford. The brand’s accessories were like an English Vera Bradley and the clothing reminded me a lot of Anthropologie. I have loved wearing this dress! The cut is so perfectly feminine  and the pattern is truly unique and quirky. The brown color is a must for fall and I’m sure I will get plenty of good use out of the dress in the coming season.

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Photos by Caleb Dorfman Photography (Check out their Facebook page for daily photos)
Dress: Cath Kidston Shoes: Coach (Similar) Bag: Juicy Couture (Last seen here)

Red, White and Gray

IMG_1477For me, winter fashion is simple, elegant and warm. I love this outfit because it feels so simple and easy, but has little feminine details that make it put-together. I love the creamy white of the sweater, which makes it ever so appropriate for the winter months. The dress has lovely lace neck detail that keeps it from being too plain. One of my favorite added touches is the splashes of red. I can find it so difficult to include color into my January wardrobe, but I find small accept colors to do the trick.

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Photos by: Caleb Dorfman Photography

Dress: Ann Taylor (Similar) Sweater: Juicy Couture (Similar) Purse: Louis Vuitton (Last seen here) Shoes: Kate Spade (Last seen here) Earrings: Kate Spade (Similar) Lipstick: Revlon Fire & Ice Nails: Essie Good as Gold and OPI Royal Rajah Ruby

Rainy Day Works

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In California, when it rains… it pours. I find it becomes so easy to slip into the usual routine of wearing jeans, a sweater, wellies and a raincoat. A great way I’ve found to branch out of this is by donning a trench. I always feel so grownup when I wear a trench coat, they are very sophisticated. Wearing a trench can make a usual jeans and tee ensemble more polished. I like to wear mine with a simple a-line dress and some fun flats.

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XOXO

Lauren

Dress: Juicy Couture (Last seen here), Trench: Gap, Shoes: Vera Wang Lavender (Last seen here) Earrings: Anthropologie (Similar) Photos by: Caleb Dorfman

FDoS

Last month, much later than the rest of my collegiate friends, I had my first day of school. As a child I remember always bringing my teacher an apple on the first day and having my parents walk me to class. As I got older, I prepared for my first day by spending hours with my friends creating the perfect outfit and talking about seeing the other kids after a summer away. However, now that I’m in college I find the first day of school to be a little anti-climactic. My mom is not there to make me a special breakfast, I sit in lectures of 300 students so I will never interact with my professor, let alone bring them an apple, and in a class of 5,000 I don’t have to think about running into people I don’t want to see. But I am a traditionalist, and I like to still keep some things special about my first day of classes. This year I wanted my outfit to resemble classic school uniforms. I wore a thick, cable knit dress with a bow headband, ballet flats and, of course, a backpack.

 

XOXO

Lauren

Dress: Anthropologie (Last seen here), Headband: Anthropologie, Shoes: Juicy Couture, Backpack: Marc by Marc Jacobs, Necklace: Monogram from BaubleBar

Photos by: Caleb Dorfman

Sail Away

One of my favorite summer trends is stripes. They allow me to embrace my preppy east coast roots, while remaining chic enough for California. I love this dress for it’s shoulder detail. The open shoulder is a fun and unique style. I think it makes the dress more flirty while the pattern keeps it sweet.

XOXO

Lauren

 

 

Photos: Caleb Dorfman (Check out his photography website!!)

Dress: Nordstrom (Similar here and here)

Sweaters: Juicy Couture

Earrings: Francesca’s

Necklace: Forever 21

Shoes: Juicy Couture

Bag: Marc by Marc Jacobs (Last seen here)