Thursday, March 23, 2017

Science Pilgrim

All About the Outfit:  Hey all!  I love this dress Folter dress to pieces.  When I first tried it on and looked in the mirror I said to myself, "I look like a science pilgrim!"  That may sound like I'm making fun of the dress, but that couldn't be further from the truth.  It was just an observation about the black and white with the collar reminded me a bit of the Puritans and to me the juxtaposition of the science equations all over the print cracked me up.  Since I'm a Silly Billy, I decided to use it as my blog post title!  I opted to go for yellow accessories because I thought it'd be a fun pop of color and less obvious than red, black, or white.  Plus a lemon Kate Spade bag makes no sense next to a science dress, so naturally this combo appealed to me!

Style Details:
Sunglasses: eBay
Earrings/Necklace/Bag: Kate Spade
Dress: Folter via ModCloth (All Eyes on Unique Dress)
Shoes: Nine West
How's everyones week going?  Mine has been kind of slow, aside from having some technical issues with my cable/Internet.  (Jealous? 😜)  Hope everyone has been awesome!
~Lauren-Blair Donovan

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Save the Elephants with J Crew

All About the Outfit:  I've had these pants since 2003ish.  Whoa!  I found them in my move and am stoked to add them back into my rotation as it's the time of year where I'm more likely to wear pants since it gets so windy here in the spring!  

The shirt I'm wearing is kind of cool because it's a collaboration that J Crew did with the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, which is a foundation protests elephants from ivory poaching.  I'm a huge elephant fan so naturally I had to get this shirt.  (Read more about that HERE).

Style Details:  I want to keep a clear thread through this color scheme while playing with prints at the same time.  I rarely ever rock this many pastels, so I was a little out of my element trying this outfit, ha.  

Blazer: ModCloth (sold out; similar HERE)
Shirt: J Crew
Necklace: Ann Taylor
Purse- Kate Spade
Pants- Old as HELL Forever 21 
Shoes- Chinese Laundry
Because I love you, I thought I'd mention real fast that a bunch of Kate Spade items went on sale very recently...including their DINOSAUR themed purses and jewelry.  And, it's a double sale with the code SPICEITUP.  I definitely indulged, so I want to be a pal and pass this intel along to you in case you've been eyeing some of the most interesting novelty purses ever!  CLICK HERE to indulge ;)  Because I'm getting dinosaur purses, I'm basically having the best day ever!  How about you guys?  How's your Tuesday going?  XO
~Lauren-Blair Donovan

Monday, March 20, 2017

Happy Spring!

All About the Outfit (and life...):  Hey all!  This is a quick post just to say hey and wish you a happy spring with this floral number from Bernie Dexter (or I suppose, "happy autumn" if you're in the southern hemisphere).  I'm actually shocked that only today is the first day of spring, as it's felt like summer here the past week (80 degrees).  I've discovered that my new pool is a complete mob scene on hot weekend days!  I wasn't intending to use the pool this weekend, but my Internet was out and my pool has wifi, so I used this first world problem to my advantage for an hour or so each weekend day ;)  Next weekend, if the weather holds up, I may have friends over so at least I now know to get there early!!

Style Details: One of the reasons why I love this dress is because virtually every color is in it!  I decided to be liberal in choosing a color scheme and went for pinks and reds to highlight this fact.  Bernie Dexter has some similar landscape/floral print dresses out there, fair, but this one may be my favorite yet.  The details are insane and again, the fact that is has all the colors is one of it's best features.  (See a similar print from Bernie HERE from 2016's first day of spring).

Earrings: Kate Spade
Necklace: Erstwilder
Dress: Bernie Dexter (Serenity Path in Paris cut) via Unique Vintage
Shoes- Nine West
I hope everyone had a great weekend and is looking forward to the next season! XO
~Lauren-Blair Donovan

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Past Week's Outfits + My Apartment

Hey all!  Apologies for my absence!  As I mentioned in my last post, I haven't been feeling super great lately.  Not all days are bad, but I'm always playing catch-up so it's been a weird March for me, in general and in regards to blog life.  That said, I have to change out of my pajamas most days and I have a fun new apartment that's (almost) fully set up that I'm totally in love with.  So despite my blogging absence, I have been alive and well on Instagram most days (please follow me HERE if you don't already).  And here are some of the outfits from the past week that never made it to the blog...until now!
I love elephants and I love wearing the color yellow, so when I saw this Festive Frondaescence A Line Dress from ModCloth, I knew I had to have it.  Want to hear about how I'm an idiot?!  Of course you do!  When I pulled this dress out of the box, I thought the trim was black.  I thought that was odd because I could have sworn the online photos made it look brown, but I shrugged it off and put on a black windowpane cardigan from Target.  As the day went on I realized I was an idiot and that it really was chocolate brown, like I originally thought it was!  Whoops!  I doubt anyone notices and in this photo you can't really see the mis-match.  I blame chronic headaches inducing temporary color blindness?!  IDK what happened, but I'm happy to share any story that involves me having blonde moments!  (Elephant brooch is from Erstwilder, and sadly it's discontinued).

I want to continue to do a series of desk photos (there's a few below) because I love my new desk space!  I work from home so I decided to upgrade my work furniture and utilize the empty space in from of my floor to ceiling windows that overlook my new pool.  OBVIOUSLY I went with fun colors and a mid-century feel because, duh, this is me we're talking about!
This dress is an oldie but goodie from Bernie Dexter (originally from ModCloth, before they parted ways with each other).  I love quirky novelty prints but this slightly more subtle chrysanthemum print is actually one of my all-time favorites.  I took a desk photo in the afternoon and was able to get an artsy selfie at Denver Museum of Contemporary Art in front of a mirror on the second or third floor that overlooked the city streets later in the day.  (My comedy partner Shannon and I were there for Beavis and Butthead Bingo there, naturally).  
 Funny story: I wore this Trashy Diva Forget Me Not Floral skirt on the windiest day in Denver, and then accidentally posed next to my not quite-yet-hung print by Bara Prasilova, which basically captures what I looked like all. day. LONG.  Wearing a skirt on a windy day is never advised, but I had been dying to wear this J Crew Factory zebra sweater with this floral number to highlight the blue in it and this winter was too hot for sweaters most days!  Fearing that trend would continue into spring, I took my chances!!
 This was a super casual day for me.  Actually, any day I wear a colorful vintage 1970s maxi dress (especially one with space invaders on it), I tend to call it "done" and don't proceed to put on fancy hair/make-up and accessories. I did spice it up a little though with my Designosaur alligator necklace at the last second though!  Otherwise, my only extra accessory would be my beagle "puppy" (she's almost 12, yikes!!) having a grand old time on my couch ;)
I opted to wear red on International Women's Day since I wasn't doing much to celebrate otherwise.  I haven't worn my Bernie Dexter dog print dress in forever (check out the new Vera dress in this fabric!!), and since it's red it felt like a good day to wear it again.  I was super inspired by a thread in the Facebook Bernie Dexter Collective group, where some lovely ladies paired their Chelsea dresses (which is the cut I'm wearing) over blouses.  Before it gets too hot to do this regularly, I had to at least try this once!  So I pulled my grey Heart of Haute Estelle Blouse and paired it under the dress.  I'm pretty happy with how it came out!  My earrings are from Luxulite and my Mystery Science Theater 3000 brooch (that I thought I lost!!) is from the amazing Atomic Lucite (I'm such a sucker for their TV brooches).  

And finally, this is my outfit from today!  I was about to leave to run errands, which is why I have my Kate Spade flamingo purse next to me.  (My couch has folded laundry all over it, so it wasn't "photo proof" lol.)  This is another 1970s maxi dress paired with my Designosaur alligator necklace.  I don't know why, but it seems to go with many of my 70s dresses!!  Today was 70 so I wanted to feel summery but not necessary wear a shorter sundress.  If you can make out the earrings, I highly recommend them!  They're from Kate Spade and are hoops with a (pretty) monster face on them.  I received them in the mail late last week and have worn them a few times already, as they are basically my new favorite thing!

How was everyone's week or so?  I'm jumping back into blogging in the next day or so; I want to make sure I have a few outfits photographed before diving in again so I can have momentum no matter what.  I'm hoping to have this series be somewhat a regular thing, as sometimes not all outfits make the blog and some days I'm not wearing as much make-up, so the IRL vibe is probably a good thing to promote!  I've missed everyone!  If I'm ever gone for too long on here, my Instagram is always a good spot to find out what's going on too!  Hope everyone had a great week!  XO

~Lauren-Blair Donovan


Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Members (of The Brady Bunch) Only

All About the Outfit: Welcome to Tuesday!  How's your week going so far?  This is my other jacket I received in my Members Only collaboration and boy do I love it!  (Click HERE to see the first one!)  Green is one of my all-time favorite colors so basically this jacket will go with basically everything that I own.  AND I'm a firm believer that green matches everything too, so that'll help as well, ha!  

I'm super impressed with the quality of this jacket.  I feel like Members Only across the board has exceptional quality, but this jacket above and beyond impresses me!  It's a super silky satin on the outside and the interior lining is also an equally super silky satin, so basically this jacket feels like a silky satin hug!  It's also a thin jacket that is warm and has an unexpected thickness to it (if that makes sense), meaning it feels very durable.  I also like that it's a little longer than waist length, and though in theory I could have gotten away with an XS size over the size small I'm wearing but I like it ever-so-slightly oversized like this.  I even zipped it up (below) to better show off where it lands and I'm really digging this length jacket with a dress cut like this!

Style Details: Though I have a MILLION outfit ideas that include this jacket, I absolutely wanted to first debut it with my Brady Bunch house dress from Retrolicious.  It has so many greens in it that I knew that it would be a match and have been jonesing to wear it with my Nine West  boots I got earlier in the winter.  And though I've worn the dress a lot in "blogger off duty" moments through the summer and fall, this dress hasn't graced my blog since this post last summer (HERE).

Dress- Retrolicious (out of print but check out their new styles HERE)

I'm not going to lie: I've had a miserable day.  (I take photos ahead of time for this exact reason.)  If you're a long time follower of the blog or my Instagram/Twitter, you will probably recall that I chronically have allergy issues specifically involving sinus pressure/headaches.  The past 24 hours I've felt worse than usual and thought I could have a sinus infection.  I'm between primary care doctors so I went to a local Urgent Care and had possibly the worst medical experience ever, barring from my unsuccessful heart procedure.  The guy was a quack and told me I was helpless, but not after he tried to get me to take some over the counter drug that was bad for my heart condition (he didn't even look at my chart, which clearly stated I have a form of tachycardia).  I went to the drug store across the street to corroborate a few things that went wrong in the doctor's office on my behalf (for my sanity) and they informed me I should have been prescribed something as there are options as opposed to being told there was nothing to be done (duh). And there's more to this story but I don't feel like boring y'all with the nitty gritty details.  I'm trying to file a complaint with the office but the whole office seems poorly managed.  I'm going to be contacting the state medical board and my pseudo-stepdad of 14 years (mom doesn't want to get remarried) is a retired doctor who knows people in high places, so phew.  But for now I am miserable and still feel like something is wrong but I wasn't heard and therefore still feel totally sick.  Depending on how quickly this passes and/or how fast I find a new primary care ASAP to get actual treatment, I may or may not be on the blog the next day or so.  But I'm going to try!  Have a great week if I miss you!
~Lauren-Blair Donovan


Monday, February 27, 2017

Bernie Dexter Red Damask Paris Dress

All About the Outfit:  I got to wear this beautiful red damask print dress from Bernie Dexter out for the first time last week (right before the temperature dropped 😢) after getting it over Black Friday etc sales.  I'm in a Bernie Dexter FB group and lately this dress has gotten discussed a few times.  If you look through my Bernie Dexter tags and/or look through her site, you'll see that she has a ton of amazing and crazy novelty prints--which you know I love.  It seems the consensus is that this beautiful dress got overlooked for some time because while bold, it is not as loud as many of her prints (like this dress and this dress).  I'm really glad I got it because it's a) lovely b) timeless and c) appropriate for many casual and fancier occasions.  I've also been more into bold and timeless prints lately, so this dress is something of an instant favorite.  Trust me, I'm not done with novelty prints!  I'm just expanding my tastes 😉

I have the feeling once this dress is sold out it's going to become a rare one to find in swap groups and eBay, so I highly recommend getting it if you're at all tempted.  I'm wearing an XS, and while the Paris cut used to run small I feel like for the past year or so it's been more true to size.

Style Details:  I kept it simple...again.  Sorry guys, I've been in a less is more state of mind lately!

Sunglasses- eBay find
Jacket- Forever 21
Shoes- Nine West via Amazon (Flax style)
How was everyone's weekend?  Mine was part busy and part stuck in bed!  The extreme back and forth weather Denver has been having is killing my system and sinus pressure/headaches made me cancel roughly half of my plans.  I have mixed feelings on this as I somewhat needed to decompress anyway, but it's also never really relaxing when you're in bed because you're under the weather.  My puppies love it when I "stay home to nap with them" though, so at least this weekend was a win for them!  Hope everyone had a good weekend!
~Lauren-Blair Donovan


Thursday, February 23, 2017

ModCloth Collar ID Dress

All About the Outfit:  I am genuinely shocked about how much I love this dress (Collar ID dress by ModCloth)!  I was offered it back in August to wear at the ModCloth IRL: Denver event for my hosting duties.  Knowing it would be approximately 80 million degrees out and being that it had long sleeves, even breathable ones like these, I declined.  Most of the late summer and early fall items from ModCloth have been super reduced lately and I had a ton of store credit to play around with so I took a chance on this dress (I never got a chance to try it on at the pop-up store because it was so busy and remained unsure how well it would work with my figure, which was another concern I had about wearing the dress to host the ModCloth IRL event).  

When I tried this dress on I didn't even want to take it off!  It fits better than I could have hoped!  I wanted to wear it the night I got it but it was unusually balmy so I wanted to wear an outfit without sleeves, as I know I'll still have a few more weeks of wearing a long sleeved dress like this out and about.  Sizing wise, I'm wearing an XS.  I was tempted to try the XXS because there isn't a waist line seam and I didn't want it to look like a potato sack, but the XS is loose with the perfect amount of shape defining for my current 24/25 inch waist.

Style Details:  Apologies, friends.  Winter is usually when my accessorizing A game comes out to play as it's easier to wear brooches with cardigans than with spaghetti strap dresses, but I've been lazy in the jewelry etc department lately!  I blame a crazy exhaustive 2016 and a mostly busy 2017/partially more relaxing start to the year!  I'm in decompression mode and am craving simplicity, even in my outfits!  Hell, I took off ALL of my rings that I wear daily over the summer to avoid tan lines and I still haven't put them back on!  Oh well, there's a few more months before the easy and breezy days of summer come back so I'll have time to make it up to y'all.  And for now I stand by this outfit: you don't need much to make an outfit pop!  A statement dress with a simple but bold shoe can stand alone, be a show stopper, and be deceptively low maintenance!  

This week has gone by a little too quick for my liking!  I feel like I haven't had enough time to get everything done that I wanted/needed to!  It's going to be a busy couple of days, but it looks like my weekend is more open than I was anticipating and I welcome that as I've had a very sleep deprived week!!  What do you all have cooking for you weekends??
~Lauren-Blair Donovan