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Add It Up

Behind the dress:  I remember seeing this dress on the Folter/Retrolicious site for some time.  Given that I like the weirdest of weird novelty prints, for example but not limited to: dogs, Brady Bunch houses, dinosaurs, monsters in a line up, beach babes, and scenic landscapes...numbers seemed like small potatoes.  But after this dress went on sale I began eyeing it again and was like...well, maybe wearing numbers all over my clothes is more novel than I originally began.  I mean, College Humor and Deanna Russo made a great Katy Perry video spoof on adding and multiplying so why not wear wear a math based dress?!  (If you've seen the video in the link, please laugh with me in regards to the "No regrets/Just math" part).

So when another dress on that site went on sale, I got both.  I was a little more excited about the other dress when they were en route, but I geeked out the most over this one upon their arrival.  It's surprisingly a Sesame Street meets total punk rock dress in real life.  My thought immediately went to different ways to edge it out with combat boots and wide belts in various colors.  This dress will totally get to go to a rock show with me sooner than later!

Style details and other thoughts: If you couldn't tell from the above photos where I attempted to leave the wall and somewhat sheltered area of the sidewalk, this was taken on a snowy day.  So this is a very winterized version of this dress, therefore I'm not sure the "punk rock" vibes are showing as clear as day here.  (Do cowboy boots ever scream punk, though?)  My headband is from Forever 21, the cardigan is Old Navy, the brooch is Luxulite, as mentioned the dress is Retrolicious, the belt is H&M, the tights are Hanes, and the boots are Soda.

Trying to put a smile on your face:  I'm going to be silly instead of "positive" today for this portion of the blog post.  Laughter is uplifting and the best medicine, so it makes sense...right?? Some people in my friend group have decided that we need to spice up our social life and make it weird again after a year or two of normalcy.  A girlfriend of mine and me got a little hung up on some Awkward Family photos that we had never seen last month and we thought it would be fun to organize theme nights where we all dress preppy, except one person who's goth, and go out and about and then pose for photos like a family.  (Or something more extreme, but you get the idea.  And yes, this is the same group who decided it should be 2006 this year instead of 2016).  Laughter is a form of keeping things happy and positive because it can destress you, so I thought I'd share three photos that I found the other night that we absolutely cannot reenact...but I was laughing like a school girl regardless...and I hope you get a chuckle out of these too.  And if you have any "awkward" theme ideas, please sound off in the comments!!

This is an engagement photo... Because nothing screams romance and lifelong commitment like roadkill in an abandoned alley.

 There's so many layers of wrongness to this...I can't even...
Are they implying that the horse is the father...?

Music time: Wahoo, it's time to talk about the Violent Femmes!!  They're a top 10 favorite band of mine and the song this post is named after, "Add It Up" is possibly my favorite of theirs, though I have so many favorites that it's hard to tell.  (Sidebar: is it weird that as an 11 year old I jammed out to this song?!)  Fun fact involving me and the Violent Femmes time!  I can count on way less than one hand how many times I've been in a screaming match with any of my friends.  Actually, this story I'm about to regale you all with is the only one coming to mind, but I'm sure there's one or two I missed.  One of my friends and I came to blows one afternoon at a music festival.  It was just one of those things were I guess things needed to be said, a match got lit, things went too far, and there we were--wildly out of both of our characters--yelling at one another.  Now, you may think that's bad enough, and double bad when you remember we were at a music festival and that this was in public.  But here's where it gets triple but comedically bad: it was in front of Gordon Gano...the lead singer of the Violent Femmes.  You see, he was being awesome and moonlighting with a local Violent Femmes cover band (The Dirty Femmes) and they had just stopped playing and were breaking down set in the restaurant converted into a concert hall.  Me and one of my best friends were screaming at each other, for the first and only time of our friendship, 6 feet away from the lead of one of my favorite bands.  Whoops!  All is well that ends well; we were fine 5 minutes later and I was effectively his best man in his wedding (no bridal parties but I signed the witness part for him on their marriage certificate) and we're still friends to this day.  In fact, I think it's a tribute to just how rock and roll our friendship is, ha!  And I'm not even sure Gordon Gano noticed...but if he did I hope we entertained him with a fight that had the intensity of a Lauren/Heidi scream off at Le Deux on the Hills.

I've recently added two pages to this blog, one that catalogues posts named after songs and another that catalogues all of the concert stories.  Click the links on to see for yourself!  Happy Friday!

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  1. Haha those photos at the end...I can't even lol. So much weirdness that I had to smile.

    This numbers dress is so cute and had me thinking about school and teachers. This would be so cute for a math teacher actually. Perfect pops of red and that headband is darling! Love the bow.

  2. love the pics. And ur dress is so pretty too, especially the print.
    New Post on my blog, do drop by soon ,<3

  3. You look fabulous Lauren! I am so loving the red cowboy boots-- they really do add an edge to the entire outfit! And from the pics I had no idea you were wearing tights! What shade are those?? I know you said they were Hanes.

  4. You look so cute Lauren!
    Love your dress! :D

  5. I'm loving your turban, you look so pretty!

    The Color Palette

  6. There was so much wrong and hilarious with those awkward photos! Something else weird - I heard that there is this new internet craze where people are rubbing their faces on bread to curb their carb cravings and taking video of it....yeah weird. Also - love your boots! I have green cowboy boots that I love!


  7. OMG those photos! Disturbing. I like this dress. From far away it looks like a bold print and it's only closer when you see the numbers. I like red on you!

    Amy Ann
    Straight A Style

  8. You look incredibly cute in this dress and red boots are perfect match! I would rock it like this for the whole winter))
    Those pictures at the end made laugh so hard)))
    Wishing you wonderful weekend!


  9. You are so fun! I love your dress, and those pictures at the end made me LAUGH! You are not only pretty but you have a wicked sense of humor! I love it!
    Happy Weekend, love!
    xoxo, Vanessa

  10. Hahaha those photos are ridiculous! wow! Love this dress. It's pretty much too cute for words.

  11. Love that dress and those red cowboy boots! Such a fun pairing; thanks so much for the inspiration, beautiful, and I hope you have a wonderful weekend!



  12. That's such a cute outfit! Love the red boots!

    Sarah x

  13. I have no words for those seriously, wtf were they thinking?! I need to bleach my eyes. LOL! On another note, I love the burst of colours from your outfit! It's so refreshing to see bright colours in this dark, dreary winter.

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  14. I lover that cute dress with the boots. ... and ha ha you are such a fun goofball. Http://

  15. Hahaha omg what!? Those are some of the strangest family photos I have ever seen lol. On another note haha I love ur red boots and ur headpiece is the perfect touch. I'm such a fan of those:-)

  16. The wool headband is so cool! Bonjour from FRANCE, Sand.


  17. Love those cowboy boots with this dress! And LOL that is hilarious about the last horse pic. hehe.

  18. HAHAHAH oh my gosh. I absolutely love your posts. They are always filled with fun, positivity and inspiration. One of the many reasons I love coming to your blog. I love that you love those crazy prints, (Brady Bunch Houses LOL!!!!) seriously girl. Keep being you. The world needs more of this ;) As for the horse licking the woman.. Beastialy much? Interesting... As for the engagement photo.. So funny.. I wonder what that wedding is going to be like..


  19. I love the red boots, they remind me of Lilly's Purple Plastic Purse! How brave of you to go outside in a dress, though I really like the contrast between your outfit and the snow.

    The horse photo omg, that's so awkward! Also it looks like it must have tickled.

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  21. This is an amazing dress, definitely a novelty print I would like to wear. The touches of red are perfect with it. I just had to see your post on the Brady Bunch house impressed with that dress! Hahaha that horse picture is just too crazy.

  22. The dress is so cute! I like the combination of red and blue! xx

  23. You look so cute! The dresses you find are so cool, love your styling and creative touch with them. The last photos are disturbing yet funny, no other words on those! Hope your having an amazing weekend


  24. Your dress is so amazing and always so unique and pretty, love it. x

  25. Good pictures!

    Have a nice week end!
    Photographer Gil Zetbase

  26. Your look are amazing

  27. Lauren you've really out done yourself this time *Forever in love* and tbh I can't say any more, I'll always be inspired by your style! Oooo YES I love that idea XD It kind of reminds of my cousin she is an at home child carer so the parents drop their kids of to her during weekdays and she looks after them and takes them different places. So she can have all different ethnicities and she said the looks she gets in public because people think she's had 3 or 4 kids to different fathers LOL! XD

    "Are they implying that the horse is the father...?" hahahaha totally burst out laughing XD

  28. You always have the cutest prints, Lauren! Love the weird pregnancy photos haha, they made me laugh. Awesome post!
    xo Kiki


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