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Champagne Supernova (Blog Changes in 2016)

Happy 2016!  So far this year my friends and myself are in ridiculous form (typical) and after some not even slightly serious toasts at a brunch on New Year's day we've cancelled 2016 and are calling this year 2006, because why not call it 2006?  We're considering renaming each year a new year on New Year's day because life is somewhat more fun when you're inaccurate on purpose.  (Seriously, try it!  I'm hoping we pick a 19th century year next year.)  Plus you get to reference stuff based on what you know already happened, a la saying stuff like, "I hear sexy is coming back this year.  I can't wait!" And, "I bet Lindsey Lohan will never be a train wreck.  She's the child star that'll break the curse!"  Needless to say, this year has brought a lot of laughs and it's only three days in!  On a MORE serious note, I have some announcements and thoughts after the next photo jump that are worth reading, as there are some changes coming this blog's way in 2016 2006.  I hope everyone had an awesome weekend and start to a new year (whatever year it is)!  But before the announcements, here's some stuff about this themed outfit!

About this dress:  I remember vividly when this Bernie Dexter dress dropped on ModCloth two years ago.  My eyes bugged out of my sockets and I knew it was basically a dream dress that I had always wanted, but yet never knew existed.  It eventually went on super sales (it got terrible reviews, which is weird because it fits just like any other Bernie in the Paris cut style) so between that factor and some store credit, this dress became mine within mere months.  I'm not a huge drinker, but when I do indulge I'm partial to champagne.  I think it started out as a joke, because champagne feels so fancy and I would drink it with friends and keep calling it "cham-paag-nah" to be silly.  But then after too many mimosa brunches and such, I realized that I don't just ironically like champagne.  The joke was on me!  So this dress is also appropriate too, I suppose.

It's also a perfect New Year's dress!  Speaking of, how was everyone's NYE????  This dress was one of the dresses I wore to last NYE (yes, dresses.  One for the day--this one-- and one for the evening, plus a New Year's Day dress.  I'm clearly a diva.  OR a future Emmy's or the other!)  Though I love this dress, I don't wear it as much as I'd like.  It feels fancier than most of my vintage repo dresses.  I guess champagne has that effect.  And because it's black, it feels like a night time attire.  I remember wearing it to a happy hour around the summer solstice (read: it was still daylight) and I was feeling mega over dressed on this patio of a brewery in a BFE suburb of Denver.  I'm always a smidge over dressed, but this felt different.  Anyhoo, I've been itching to wear it so I figured why not style it for my new year, new thoughts, and new directions for this blog post!!!  Scroll down for details on where myself and this blog is heading...

I'm going to open with the hardest news: I haven't been super happy blogging this past year.  Don't misunderstand as I've had happy moments and I'm happy with you guys.  And I'm NOT quitting blogging.  But over the summer I started to identify that my motivation was dragging, and that hit a peak by mid-fall.  I love clothes, but only focusing on clothes has started to--pun intended--wear on me.  I originally began style blogging to round out my online persona, but boy is life ever when you're busy making other plans!!  There's one project that I've had since 2011 that in late 2015 I officially decided to let go (gasp!) but frankly that never made sense to overlap with this blog, so that's kind of a moot point.  But it was an intellectual project, and that's worth noting because I hate it when girls who use their brains get called plain, or anything that's essentially non-feminine adjacent.  Think about it: how many female politicians or writers can you name that are stylishly fun?  There's a few, but they are fewer and further inbetween than I'd like to see, so me starting a fashion blog was essentially me being the change I wanted to see in the world.  We'll come back to this topic in a moment...

In the comedy world, women also seem to either not seek out fun clothes or their jobs don't allow them to, depending on the case.  I'm seeing bolder choices by funny ladies on the red carpet, so luckily that's starting to change, but as a society we still compartmentalize women.  Which brings me to my next point: this past year I've been hinting for a while about some comedy stuff that I've been developing too.  The project I was hinting at was effectively a prank show (though there was more to it) and after losing a partner an attempt to revamp it was happening, but for the time being that has stalled.  It's fate is very unclear and I've emotionally detached myself from it for the time being and whatever happens will be.  (That was an easier said than done process, as that was effectively my baby in 2015.  Ugh.)  The good news is that there is another project in the works, that as luck would have it started to get developed right before the first project fell apart.  I'm super afraid about jinxing anything after what happened the last time, but this project would rhyme with smodcast.  And me and a super awesome and hilarious girl melded our names to sound like an infamous one name singer as our official comedic duo name.  And sometime in that season between winter and summer seems like a realistic launch date.  But ugh....KNOCK ON WOOD!  As solidified updates come about, I'll see to it that you, my awesome blog audience, will be the first to know.

There are potentially more intellectual pursuits coming my way in 2016, but that's going to depend on time and if I effectively get hired to do some of the things I'm gunning for.  And with the "smodcast", hopefully there's a comedic future, if not in other manifestations as well (there may or may not be a wider net that I'm casting...we'll see).  I'm going to make something happen, because I have tunnel vision with where I want my life to be going, but in the mean time I'm going to round out some of this stuff on the blog.  I have a weekly segment coming up on books, because I believe most fashionistas I've come across are really smart so why not talk about learning?  I'll have a fashion twist to it, because I actually still do want to do the fashion thing, but also because I don't want to alienate my audience (I get that it's annoying when you read a fashion blog and you come across a non-fashion post).  I'm also toying with the idea of adding a video feature that would be kind of silly, but I'm working out the kinks about if that's even a good idea or how that would work entirely.  Regardless, independent projects from this blog will be advertised on here.

 To wrap this up in a bow, while I love blogging, I feel as though I've watered down my personality a bit on this blog.  I've always been authentic with what I've shown you and how I've interacted with fellow bloggers, but it's been a fraction of what I'm really about and I can't marginalize myself anymore.  I started this blog to round out an online media persona brand, and somewhere along the way that got off course.  Most days you won't detect any changes on here, as this will primarily be a fashion blog with normal fashion blog posts.  (And in all fairness, with adding music portions to this blog last year some of the changes already commenced).  But some new segments are coming and other off blog things will be advertised.  I want to be myself on this blog, and not just a well dressed and only well dressed version of myself.  I'm aiming for part fashion blog as is and part lifestyle of a fashionable lady blog....who is also absurd, sassy, and opinionated at times.  Let's have fun, let's learn together, and let's all be our best selves in this already wonderful new year.     XOXO

PS- New url is coming.... ;)

Style details: Back to the fashion I mentioned this dress is Bernie Dexter and I originally got it from ModCloth.  (So sad that Bernie and ModCloth parted ways!)  The headband is Forever 21, the Barbie brooch is from Poison of Choice, as almost always the handbag is Kate Spade, the cardigan is from Target, and the shoes are Guess via Marshalls.

Music portion:  Originally I was looking for a cool remake of "Auld Lang Syne" for this blog post (my favorites from my research were from The Beach Boys and Reel Big Fish...FYI) but then that little part of my brain with the 90s burned into my brain turned on and went, "Duh! Do "Champagne Supernova" by Oasis for this post!")  I may very well do another New Year's post next year and can do "Auld Lang Syne" but I very well may not have champagne bottles on my dress to commemorate a new year.  Happy 2016!  I sincerely hope this year brings happiness, health, and success because I couldn't wish the opposite on my worst enemies, let alone my readers and fellow bloggers!

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. Another gorgeous dress! I love the mint accessories and the pink headband! All so feminine and fun. I think it would be totally awesome for you to do some lifestyle posts. The bloog is supposed to be about you and what you like so why not?! Definitely looking forward to it. Cheers to the new year!

  2. Cheers to all of this! Your blog is your space and never somewhere where you should feel watered down. I'm looking forward to reading about all of the wonderful, whimsical, passionate, brilliant aspects of you in addition to drooling over cute dresses. We are all of us multifaceted - who says our blogs can't be too? It's the one space we have control over. I personally will post everything from vintage to sewing to nerdy science on my blog - and I look forward to whatever you want to share! xoxo

  3. Lauren doll, you are ball of energy! I have sen your personality shine through your blog posts each and every time. I can't wait to see what you have in store. I understand the need to make your blog more of you than anything else and that is so refreshing. Love this adorable look. Such sweet colors. Happy New Year dear.

  4. I love the mint green color in this outfit. Also that purse is fabulous!

    - Maya at

  5. Such a fun dress, and I love the mint pairings. I'm sorry your project didn't work out as you expected. It's always so hard to let things go when you have dreamed and planned for them. Sounds like you have great things in store though!

    Amy Ann
    Straight A Style

  6. love all these cute mint details! darling look!

  7. I love these colors on you Lauren! Great turban as well! You look perfect!

  8. the colours in this outfit are ridiculously awesome. Love the mint! I can't wait to see/hear more about the changes you're making in 2016. I totally get the need for a blogging break! I'm not there yet (probably because my blog is so young), but I can definitely see how it happens.

  9. I love the colors in this outfit so much!

    And girl, I feel you so much on the whole fashion blog thing. I think part of it is the lack of community the fashion blog has. It used to be strong, but everyone has one and everyone prefers to connect on other forms of media (instagram, twitter, etc). I, myself, am guilty of this, but I really feel like it's kind of killed blogging motivation. Everyone has a style blog or a OOTD on their instagram and it's kind of boring. I think a podcast would be a great addition to your blog and your personality! I've been thinking of other ways I want to expand my blog as well because sometimes just posting photos of yourself is boring and strange. I look forward to the future of you!

  10. Happy New Year! Girl, I feel ya when it comes to the Blogging Slump. It happens to me, too. Especially being so busy with work and other writing projects, sometimes Style Blogging take a back seat. I'm sure you'll be excellent at everything you do. Looking forward to 2016!

  11. Sounds like you hit a blogging roadblock for a bit there but I think it's the same for many bloggers. I have been uninspired by October last year and I'm itching to change something about my blog. No idea the direction that I am taking yet but hopefully I'll get some ideas in the next few months.

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  12. I love the colors, absolutely stunning!!

    Adi xx

  13. Happy New Year, Lauren! I can't wait to see how your blog evolves in 2016...I'm sorry to hear that blogging hasn't been that much fun lately...but I think your changes will be awesome! Also, this outfit is sooo cute! My mom walked by while I was reading this post and also wanted me to voice on her behalf how cute it is. Haha. :)

  14. Happy New Year Lauren!
    Sorry to hear you've lost your love of blogging. I know it can be time consuming and at times more of a burden than anything else. Did you ever think about devoting only a set amount of time per week to blogging? I hope you haven't fallen in to the trappings of, "I'm a blogger that post every other day". I see that a lot in the blogosphere. I don't know how girls have a full time regular job and then have time to post looks several times a week. Personally, I only post once a week on Monday. I couldn't even imagine doing more than that. I don't even have the time to meet with my photographer that often.
    I say, go on a break! Stop posting for a month. Post notice you're on hiatus, back in 30 days. The the time to think about what it is you're trying to convey on your blog. The direction you want to take it in. How much time you can honestly devote without burning out. Establish you fabulous looks. Scout out shoot locations, get passionate! Ya never know, it just might work.
    Good luck girlie.

  15. Such a beautiful dress! You wear it so elegantly. I really like your modest style!
    Xo, Tara

  16. This dress is so beautiful, nice post, and I am very glad to see this blog changes in 2016 :)

  17. Hi doll,
    love that mint color on you, amazing.

  18. Hi Lauren! I think one of the best things about blogging is that it really makes you think about your self-worth and what's important to YOU. Though I'm sad to hear that the blog process hasn't been 1000% fulfilling, I'm super happy to hear that you're conscious and being positively proactive to make changes! Personally, I love your photos and the black dress design in this post is so awesome...but I'm also excited to see where your creativity, sense of humor, and opinions take you and/or this blog. It's fun to see my fellow bloggers grow and get more awesome.
    Happy New Year!

  19. This is so cute, I love how everything matches

  20. You're such a stunner! xo

  21. Your outfit looks great! You have such fun style!

    Of course, you have more substance that just clothes and shoes and a personality beyond what we see here on the blog! You should pursue whatever you want in your life (I'm reading Elizabeth Gilbert's Big Magic right now so I'm feeling particularly inspired in my own creative endeavors!) I wish luck!

    Love, Mary

  22. The dress is gorgeous, perfect for champagne! Thanks for all the news, good luck with your projects and updates to the blog. Very exciting!


  23. Pretty dress, I love the print and your tiffany green accessories!!!!
    Kisses, Paola.


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  24. u look so cute!
    Happy new year my dear!
    I wish u all the best!

  25. The struggle is how much of your personality do you put into the blog without it being too diversified, but without focusing too much on just one part and loosing the other aspects. I still struggle with that as well. But we live and learn, and as long as we keep searching our minds for new ways, I think we will get there someday.

    Linda, Libra, Loca: Beauty, Baby and Backpacking

  26. So cute! Love mint color, that bag and shoes are amazing!

  27. Such a girly outfit!

  28. You look so cute and pretty! Great look.


  29. Lauren, I am in love with this dress! And you are right, it would make a perfect outfit for NYE:)

    I totally understand you about the lack of motivation for blogging; I experienced the same thing last fall. I guess we all have the same feeling from time to time. But I know for sure that you should write about things you enjoy, and not push yourself just to stick to the same theme or style. After all, blog is your personal space and should reflect real you:)

    Looking forward to your new posts and Happy New Year, beautiful!

  30. Hey girlfriend, good for you for re-assessing your priorities + figuring out where you want to take this blog. You gotta be yourself + feel good about the content you're churning out. :) I'm excited to see what you come up with in 2016!

    Le Stylo Rouge

  31. First of all I LOVE Oasis! And that is a perfect song for the New Year! But I'm looking forward to these changes! I'm happy to hear you aren't quitting blogging, and I wish you the best of luck on these upcoming projects! =)


  32. i love how you added a little bit of color with that green sweater and heels
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  33. My NYE was spend at home with family.
    I really like how you combined the colours together.
    You look like a lady from a past era! So stylish!
    Happy 2016, Lauren!
    Stella from a Looks & Travels

  34. Such a lovely pairing, Lauren! I wish you the absolute best for 2016 and I hope it's everything you dream and hope it to be :)



  35. Amazing post and love your whole concept

    Thanks for the support, I deeply appreciate it!!


  36. Wonderful outfit! Love the colour combination! Lovely photos ♡

    Have a nice holiday xx Love from Slovakia ~
    ♡ la vie est la petite licorne ♡

  37. super cute outfit!

  38. That is an adorable outfit- I especially love the mint. In regards to your 2016 transformation, I can't wait to see where it leads you! Everyone evolves over time and there's no use in doing something you don't love. I can't wait to see where it brings you :)

    Lindsey Elyse | lindseyginge

  39. Best of luck with your podcast!! You'd be amazing at it, I'm sure.
    You look sooo cute in his outfit! I have this print coming, but the one that's blue, in the Chelsea style. I can't wait to get it! Another amazing Bernie print.
    I wonder why Modcloth stopped carrying Bernie??

  40. I completely understand your decision and will be happy to see any posts you will do in the new year!
    I think that blogging should make you happy and not be a hard routine part so wishing you many luck in your new beginnings!


  41. Best of luck with all your endeavors both in your life and in your blog for the coming year! It sounds really great everything you are trying to accomplish!


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