Frankenstein at SF Ballet

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Last month I went to see San Francisco Ballet’s adaptation of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. Admittedly, I have never read the book and all my impressions of the story were of the green monster variety. I thoroughly enjoyed seeing the gothic story paired with the romance of the ballet. Ballet always seems to be based on pushing the physical body and seeing what composes us, while Frankenstein wrestles with how the emotional and conscious sides of humans are developed and furthered.

I love taking inspiration from events when planning out my evening outfits, and this was no exception. I opted for a beautiful tulle skirt with sequined stars and moons embroidered onto it for something reminiscent of a ballerina skirt. Naturally I had to pair the skirt with a delicate pair of metallic ballet flats. To this I added a sophisticated cold shoulder top in the ultimate romantic shade—pink. Of course the drama of the outfit would not be complete without some sparkly earrings!

Top: Topshop Skirt: Anthropologie (Similar) Shoes: French Sole Bag: Kate Spade (Similar) Earrings: Anthropologie (Similar)

Grey Zone

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Yet another dress from my trip to England (Click here and here to see the last ones). I picked up this one at Topshop with my mom. I love how perfectly simple it is. It is incredibly easy to pair it with accessories and tailor it to your specific style. I chose to wear a pair of oxford shoes with this dress to make a classic look for fall! I have gotten a ton of compliments on the two-tone style of them. Tights and a chunky knit sweater are a perfect way to polish off the dress.

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Dress: Topshop (Similar) Sweater: Ralph Lauren (Similar) Shoes: Bass (Similar) Bag: Tory Burch (Similar)

Winter Winds

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Oxblood was one of my favorite trends this winter. I loved this skirt and have featured it in past blog posts. For a day out in Chicago, I bundled up in layers and wore this skirt with a chambray shirt. I love combining chambray with skirts and more feminine pieces. For me it keeps the menswear trend more girlie and polished. What were some of your favorite winter trends?

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XOXO

Lauren

Shirt: Madewell Skirt: Topshop for Nordstrom (Last seen here) Leggings: B.P. Nordstrom Boots: L.L. Bean Scarf: J. Crew Factory (Similar) Sweater: Brooks Brothers (Similar) Bag: Coach (Last seen here) Photos by Caleb Dorfman Photography

Valentine’s Day Outfits

Here are some Valentine’s Day outfit ideas! For Valentine’s Day I think it’s important to include some girlie feminine details and lots of hearts!

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Outfit 1:

Shirt: Marc by Marc Jacobs (Similar), Skirt: Topshop for Nordstrom (Last seen here), Sweater: Kate Spade (Last seen here)

Outfit 2:

Sweater: J. Crew Factory Jeans: American Eagle (Last seen here)

Outfit 3:

Sweater: J. Crew Factory Shirt: Lily Pulitzer (Similar) Jeans: American Eagle

XOXO

Lauren

Deserted

IMG_1268Maroon has been one of my favorite colors of this season. I love the soft, velvet material in this pleated skirt. To keep it from looking too precious, I paired it with a white tank adorned with gold studs. My personal style tends more to be on the girlie/preppy side of things and I usually steer clear of studding. However, this shirt included studs in such a simple subtle manner that works perfectly for me. I also like that the shirt is white, so it keeps the studding from looking too dark and Gothic-inspired.

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Photos by: Caleb Dorfman Photography

XOXO

Lauren

How To: Camping

As a true girly girl, I have always found my family’s annual camping trip to be a challenge. While it provides great relaxation, it also proves to be a huge complication for one’s appearance. Just as I have mastered ways to get out of fishing and creek walks through trips to local towns, croquet and wine tastings, I have learned how to look cute camping. I am not one of those girls who packs her whole makeup collection and manages to blow out her hair perfectly while living in the outdoors. Rather, I have developed simple and fast ways to make camping a little more bearable.

While still at home, I like to paint my nails a dark color so that when they get dirty no one will be able to notice. I really love the OPI shade Hank if You Love OPI. When I am packing my bag I like to include lavender sachets so that my clothes stay fresh. For my beauty routine while camping I like to keep things simple. Instead of cleaning my skin with my usual cleanser, I opt for a facial cloth like the Yes to Cucumbers ones. I use a toner to remove any excess dirt and then I use my normal moisturizer. I coat my fair skin in plenty of sunscreen. I like to use the Josie Maran sunscreen for my face and the  Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry-Touch for my body. For makeup, I only put on a tinted balm, like the POREfessional, a lip tint and some mascara.

For outfits I like to embody a boho vibe which I don’t usually incorporate into my style at home. I usually wear Minnetonka Moccasins because they are easy to put on in a hurry and are close toed. I have included pictures bellow of the different outfits I wore on my camping trip.

Sweater: Banana Republic Shirt: The Webster for Target (Blog post to follow soon) Pants: J. Crew Shoes: Minnetonka

Shirt: J. Crew (Last seen here) Dress: Anthropologie (Last seen here) Shoes: Frye

Sweater: Topshop U.K. Shirt: American Eagle Skirt: Anthropologie

XOXO

Lauren