Fashion + Style Shopping

Cozy Wear for Lounging & More

January 5, 2018

I am not made for the cold weather.  My No. 1 hobby lately = hibernation. Seriously though, I am a homebody and now that I work from home, I find myself wearing cozy clothes most days.  Add sickness on top of that, and well, welcome to the land of elastic waistbands, fleece and long-sleeve shirts with thumbholes. Even when I go out, I’m wearing leggings, a pullover and vest because it’s just easier and more comfortable to be in these types of pieces than skinny jeans and a sweater. I think many of us have been hibernating the past couple of weeks no matter where we live because we have all experienced our version of chilly weather. So, I thought it would only be fitting to share some of my true OOTD staples.

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I should have added this blanket to the mix. My friend gave this super soft throw to me as a Christmas gift, and I’ve been wrapped up in it ever since I unwrapped it! My kid and I fight over it, so I should probably just buy another since it’s under $30. Braden is so funny lately, and wanted to sit with it and not share, and he told me there are “plenty of other soft blankets in this room, Momma!” Sassy threenager stage for sure.

My most worn cozy pieces are definitely these high-waisted leggings I picked up  last year during the Nordstrom anniversary sale and my Uggs. I know a lot of people who love these leggings and wear them all the time. I don’t wear my Uggs out in public because it gives me flashbacks to 2003 when they were all the rage, but they are great to lounge in at home.  I have had a tan pair and pink pair since college so definitely have gotten my money out of my Uggs.

Stay warm, friends! I’m just getting out of my sick fog, so I’m busting out the laptop more both for work and for tackling blog stuff more consistently. I did binge watch two seasons of The Crown, and I don’t feel bad about it! It was SO good and I find myself googling the history of the royal family because I think it’s so interesting. Are there any new shows I should consider? I’m thinking Big Little Lies.

Family Holiday kids

Holiday Pajamas for Kids

December 18, 2017

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matching holiday pajamas, Christmas Pajamas for kids

matching holiday pajamas, Christmas Pajamas for kids

matching holiday pajamas, Christmas Pajamas for kids

matching holiday pajamas, Christmas Pajamas for kids

Jack is a little skeptical of Braden’s affection.

matching holiday pajamas, Christmas Pajamas for kids

Kids in matching pajamas might be one of my favorite things ever. We had some family visit a few weeks ago, and I couldn’t resist getting some matching holiday PJs for Braden and his cousin Jack. They’re both at such a fun age right now where they can start to play together. Gifting matching holiday pajamas for siblings or cousins is a tradition I hope to continue!

Honestly, kids in matching clothing is sort of the best thing ever. I used to wonder why people did it all the time, but I get it now. I tried to get matching family pajamas for us this year, but Ben refused. I will have to be content with mommy and me outfits  for now.

I’ve linked a few more that are super cute and still available that you can get in time for Christmas! All the ones below I’ve linked are unisex and would look great on boys and girls (the ones I picked up for Braden and Jack are only available in one size, so snag them if you need a 3T. They’re from Old Navy, and they were really affordable!)

Red and green fair isle unisex PJs

Red and white bear fair isle PJs

Santa sleepwear

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Fashion + Style

Casual Holiday Party Wear

December 15, 2017
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WAYF BLACK LACE TOP, burgundy denim, holiday casual outfitMost of the holiday parties I go to these days are house parties, so I thought I’d share a  casual holiday party look perfect for drinking wine  and eating tons of yummy things off a charcuterie board, all while catching up with friends with a little Christmas music playing in the background. 🙂

Casual for me means jeans, and I’ve been wearing these burgundy jeans a ton since I bought them in the Nordstrom anniversary sale this summer. I’ve mentioned that I’m a fan of all things wine/burgundy, as you can see here and here. When these jeans are paired with this lace top, which could definitely be dressed up more with a skirt to be more cocktail appropriate, it all screams low-key fancy, which I basically just made up, but accurately describes how I like to dress.  This low-key fancy outfit makes me feel sort of festive yet comfortable so it totally works.

Velvet is something else that totally could be low-key fancy. I’ll probably wear this cami with a black tuxedo blazer to another holiday party I have coming up. And, statement earrings, of course, finish off a casual yet dressed-up holiday party outfit.

P.S. I’ve had these Nine West booties for six years, but I love them and find myself wearing them a lot lately. I linked a similar pair below.  I love when I can rediscover something I already have and love it again!

Hope everyone is enjoying the holiday season!

Lace top   | Burgundy Denim | Shoes | Earrings | Marc Jacobs purse (old)

 

 

Gifts Holiday Shopping

Holiday Gift Guide: Monograms & Personalization

December 11, 2017

gifts for couples, gifts for friends, monogram giftsThe countdown is on! Christmas is less than 2 weeks away, so that means most online orders need to be put in this week to make standard shipping times. Eek! I try every year to not be a procrastinator, but here I am again, scouring the internet for gifts for family and friends. I love monogrammed or personalized gifts — maybe it’s the Southern girl in me — so I’ve curated a list of some of my favorite things this season. Some I already have like this necklace, which I wear several times a week, or this address stamp, which I included on a gift guide last year. These are all tried and true gifts perfect for friends and family! Happy shopping!

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Fashion + Style Gifts Holiday Shopping

Gift for the Guy in Your Life with JORD Watches

December 4, 2017
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wood watch, JORD, mens watch, holiday gifts for men

wood watch, JORD, mens watch, holiday gifts fro men

mens watch, holiday gifts for men, wood watch, JORD

jord, mens watches, wood watch, holiday gifts for men

A nice watch has always been a go-to gift for the special guy in my life. I’ve given Ben one or two watches over the years, and three years ago, I gave him a really nice watch that he loved. But, when we moved into the new house in April, he misplaced it. After months of looking, he still can’t find it to this day, so I knew I wanted to get him a new one this holiday season.

Christmas came early for Ben this year when JORD reached out to see if I’d like to partner together for a holiday post. JORD makes sophisticated timepieces for everyone, specializing in handcrafted wood watches. If you know my husband, he is a Jack, or rather a Ben, of all trades. 🙂 He’s probably the most handy of all husbands and has visions of creating a woodshop in our garage. (He’s even made a few kids’ picnic tables that rival Pottery Barn Kids). So, to be able to gift him a watch that’s rustic yet refined and made from wood is totally in line with his taste and his personality.

JORD has a ton of styles available, and this particular style is called the Dover Black and Koa. I like how unique the face of the watch is and that  it’s made of natural koa wood versus the standard stainless steel watches you see on most guys.  Also, I love that you can personalize the watch, too, with custom engraving. For Ben, I made sure his little family is always with him and had our first initials placed on the inside of the watch. What a special way to commemorate an anniversary or a memorable date for your favorite guy!

Currently, JORD has free shipping going on for holiday orders. PLUS, I  have a 25% instant coupon you can use when you place an order! All you have to do is enter a here, and you’ll be emailed a special discount code. Definitely take advantage of that before Dec. 19 when it expires (and before Christmas sneaks up on us!)

Watch c/o JORD

This was brought to you in collaboration with JORD. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Photos by Jason Fitzgerald Photography

fall family photo

A sneak peek of our fall family photos. You can see Ben’s already getting a ton of use out of his new watch! PC: Katie Hill Photography

Food Gifts Holiday

Gift Guide for your Foodie Friends

November 30, 2017
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We all have a friend who is in-the-know about the latest restaurant, loves to cook and is just an all-around lover of all things savory or sweet. I might be that person among my friends,  but I also have gals and guys in my life to talk shop with, so I’ve curated a list of gifts for favorite foodie friends in your life!

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A few notes on some of my favorites:

  • Give a little Texas to a friend who lives out of state with this Goode Company Pecan Pie! It ships really well and come on, who doesn’t love pecan pie?!
  • Graeter’s ice cream – if you haven’t had this, you NEED to try it. I will say, I didn’t know about it until it became a client of mine a few years ago, but now I know, and it is so, so good. It’s the No. 1 mail order ice cream, and I have gifted this to so many people who just love it. This is a super premium ice cream  made with in small batches using a French pot process. They only uses high quality ingredients…I could go on and on, because it was literally my job to tell people how awesome this ice cream is, but it truly is! They have their seasonal flavors right now, but definitely try the signature flavor of Black Raspberry Chocolate Chip. They have dairy free sorbets and low glycemic options, and you can mix and match the flavors. This would make an excellent give to send to family when traveling to visit them and then partaking in a little of the gift when you get there. 🙂 Some flavors are also available in stores. I know Kroger in Houston carries it.
  • Penzeys Spices  – this is a local spice store that has a location in my old neighborhood and they sell everything online. Their spices are amazing and a good price point. I’ve gifted the baking set many times with a pie dish and the receivers have always been fans. 🙂
  • Two of my favorites magazines are Southern Living and Cooking Light. I love gifting magazines to friends because I feel like it’s the gift that keeps giving. It’s nice to get a new magazine every month and relax for a few minutes perusing the beautiful photos. Why I love Cooking Light is because it’s very approachable. My everyday way of cooking mimics Cooking Light  – fresh, healthy ingredients when possible and everything in moderation. I comb through each issue every month and am always trying a new recipe. Southern Living is very aspirational for me; I love Southern food, so I drool over most of the recipes in the magazine each month, occasionally make one, but mostly have intense cravings for  things like chicken and dumplings and fried okra that are often featured. I also love the decor and home posts in the magazine, and my home style definitely leans toward Southern traditional. I told our builder when we met that I wanted a Southern Living style porch on our house and it was one of the things Ben and I agreed on.  I was able to visit the Time Inc. studios earlier this year where all the work for these magazines are created each month. The test kitchens are jaw dropping and the food prop closet is UNREAL. Sort of a dream come true for a gal who has read these magazines for 15+ years!

 

I hope this gift guide was helpful. Check out my last one featuring gifts for the wine lover in your life. Happy shopping!

More soon,

LL

Fashion + Style Shopping

Cozy cardigan + velvet cami

November 21, 2017
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velvet ann taylor cami, cardigan, booties, falls style, LaureenLovesDOTcom

ann taylor, cardigan, velvet cami, fall style, LaureenLovesDOTcom

velvet cami, cardigan, fall style

anntaylor velvet cami, laureenlovesDOTcom, fall style, cardigan

velvet cami ann taylor, skinny jeans, cardigan, falls style, LaureenLovesDOTcomCardigan, jeans and booties = my go-to casual outfit these days since we’re just seeing a glimpse of fall weather. Since it still gets a tad toasty in the afternoons, pairing a cardigan with a cami or other lightweight top is just plain easy. I’m quite the collector of cardigans, and this one is a neutral basic in an oatmeal color I knew I’d wear quite a bit, so it was perfect for my wardrobe. I picked it up from the Nordstrom sale this summer and I’m wearing it weekly, along with so many other of the pieces I picked up during the #Nsale back in July like these booties. Good news is that both the booties and cardigan are still available! This cardigan is sort of like wearing a blanket, so I REALLY like it since I’m a cold-natured person.

I mentioned my new affinity for velvet and I even included this cami in this round-up of velvet pieces I did a couple of weeks ago. I  snagged it when this store was having another one of their amazing 50% sales, which they are having again today (and probably again later in the week), so definitely take advantage! I’m wearing a small, and I love that it’s a little loose. Perfect for the holiday binge fest this week, too – ha!  I would pair this cami with a black blazer, jeans and heels for a more dressed up look. It comes in a ton of colors, but I personally just really love this wine color, which is no surprise if you’ve been following along lately. Wine/burgundy  — I can’t quit you right now!

Also, the bow stud earrings I’m wearing are simple yet sophisticated. I can’t enough of J.crew accessories right now and they are also on sale making them less than $12 right now. I also picked up this festive pair recently, which are so fun for the holidays.

Outfit details: Cardigan | Cami | Jeans | Booties | Earrings | Initial Necklace

With Thanksgiving upon us, that means all the Black Friday sales are right around the corner. Most retailers are starting early, so I’ve rounded up some really great sales that I’ll be perusing over the next day or two. I’m all about doing my Christmas shopping online, and I haven’t done too much of it yet, so I’ll definitely be taking advantage of these sales.

ShopBop – Buy More, Save More event with code MORE17. 20% off $200+, 25% off 500+ or 30% off $800+. Ends 11/26

Ann Taylor – 50% everything in store 11/21. I’m sure they’ll come up with another good sale this week per usual!

J.Crew – 40% nearly everything with code THANK U online and in stores. Ends 11/26

LOFT – 40% off everything with code GIFTITUP

GAP – 50% off everything with the code BLKFRIDAY. Ends 11/25

Banana Republic – 40% off everything (and an extra 10% off with code BRCARD if you’re a cardholder.)

Nordstrom – Designer clearance sale with 40% select styles

Serena and Lily – 20% off everything online with the code CHEERS. Ends 11/26

Pottery Barn – 30% decorating event, which includes ornaments, stockings and more

Pottery Barn Kids – the great gift event with 20- 70% off nearly everything free shipping with code UNWRAP

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Gifts Holiday Shopping

Holiday Gift Guide: Wine Lovers

November 14, 2017
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Giving a nice bottle of wine for a gift is pretty common, but there are so many more gifts for wine lovers out there. I have more than half the items on this list, so I can attest to their usefulness and/or quality. I want this item since we always have open bottles of wine sitting out on the counter when we have people over, and I’m paranoid we’ll leave a wine stain on our marble counters.

We used to always put wine in my little bike basket (or in the bottom of the stroller) and bike to a neighborhood BYOB restaurant when we lived in our old neighborhood. If you live in an area like this, I think this gift would be so fun!

Most of these gifts are a great price point, and some could double as a white elephant gifts, too. If you missed my last gift guide, which includes gift ideas for the kids, holiday lover, hostess and home decor lover, check it out here.

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Let me know if you’re a fan of any of these! Happy shopping and cheers! 🙂

LL

Family Holiday Home Design + Decor kids

Thanksgiving Kids’ Table & Tips for Entertaining Kids During the Holidays

November 10, 2017

I just love the holiday season, and Thanksgiving might be one of my favorite holidays because it’s a great time to get together to see family and friends. Because of the season of life we’re in, it means we are often accommodating to feeding and entertaining children who come over for these family and friendsgiving get-togethers. Eating is still hit or miss for us with a toddler, so keeping him occupied while food prep is happening is key. I love putting crayons and stickers out for the kids to get a little crafty with before they eat dinner!

In my head I’d like to think I can create amazing Pinterest-inspired tablescapes, but in reality, I’m barely getting by, so this Thanksgiving kids’ table setting is very accessible for anyone using some basic festive items you can get at Target or Amazon. Some of my decor like the chair backers and plates I picked up on sale from Pottery Barn Kids in previous years, but you can find pretty similar pieces out now like these backers and plates that are adorable. I found some other kids’ table decor items that are on sale like these platesbowlsplacemats and napkins.

I’ve included a few tips below for keeping the kiddos happy and occupied while the adults are mingling or doing food prep.

Tips for Keeping Kids Entertained during Thanksgiving

  • Crayons with built-in coloring placements are perfect for the kids’ table, and it also gives you the opportunity to talk to your kids about what they’re thankful for this season so you can write down those memories. I’m a sucker for my my kid’s homemade art, so having him color a place setting every year and seeing how they progress over the years is something I plan to do for the next few years. We are having our second annual Friendsgiving ( pot luck get-together with all my yummy holiday favorites) so I’ll probably use this tablecloth for a larger kids’ table.
  • These cute pumpkins are festive and are great way to bribe the kids to eat some veggies. These little jelly pumpkins are delicious, too.
  • Give them some things to keep them entertained after dinner, too. I’ve filled the chair backers with fall stickers, playdoh and bubbles, which are all some of Braden’s favorite things right now.
  • Make things personalized. I love the little place card settings, as it makes each child feel special and causes them to know they have specific spot claimed at the table which, in turn, might make them stay put for a little longer than usual. 🙂

I feel like I’m learning new tips all the time about being a mom and dealing with toddlers. If you have any secrets for making the holidays fun and stress-free for the whole family, I’d love to hear them!

thanksgiving kids table

 

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thanksgiving kids table

chair backer, kids thanksgiving table, thanksgiving decorThis table and chairs are my husband’s from his childhood. He can remember eating at this table with his siblings during the holidays, and I just love that we have it now and Braden is using it everyday. I have dreams of B and his cousins eating together at this little table! We did repaint it to make it feel a little more modern.

thanksgiving decor, thanksgiving kids table

thanksgiving decor, thanksgiving kids table

 

 

 

Fashion + Style

Burgundy Shirtdress with High Low Hem

November 8, 2017
burgundy dress rachel parcell

I mentioned that this was my favorite color of the season, and when it’s paired with a classic shirt dress silhouette, I call that a win. Add to cart with no hesitation.

I am just so impressed with the quality of this material. It looks luxe like satin but it’s actually a polyester blend, making it a fabric that doesn’t wrinkle. Total score. I love satin and other materials that, unfortunately, are typically dry clean only but the downsides of these fabrics are that they wrinkle after just sitting for a few minutes. This dress, however, didn’t have that problem, and I just love the classic style of it, so even though it feels very on-trend right now, I do believe this is a piece I’ll keep for a while that I can wear for years. The way I’ve styled it is probably how I’d wear it for church, but would probably wear a closed-toed heel for a work meeting or throw on a pair of booties plus a chunky sweater cardigan when it gets cooler. What I love most about this dress is the high low hem. I think it makes the dress.

Sizing tip: I am wearing a small in this dress for reference.  I’m always on the fence about sizing because I have broad shoulders but I would say this dress is true to size. I did buy a small in a top from this line, and it was a tad small, so I’m pretty sure I’m a medium in tops. I’m sure many of us follow Rachel Parcell, and I love that she has created these feminine pieces that aren’t totally breaking the bank.

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I think this shirtdress might be sold out in some size, but I know that happened a week or so ago then it got restocked, so check back! Also, I’ve linked to a few other burgundy dresses that are just as versatile as this one.

  • Another classic style, this wrap dress would look great worn to a winter wedding or holiday party.
  • Everyone needs a least one cozy sweater dress!
  • Well, maybe you need two sweater dresses 🙂 Love these ruffle sleeves.
  • This simple knit dress is a a great basic and only $42.