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Deep in the Woods

Quick announcements:

  • I'm a lucky girl and get winter allergies (dust and dry air, etc).  I've been having headaches and general fatigue lately, so I've been super slow at responding to comments, reading blogs, and all things social media.  Apologies!  I'm hoping to be back to normal any day now...::fingers crossed::
  • Last month I changed my Instagram handle to @laurenblair_donovan.  Despite being slow on social media lately, I did change my Twitter handle to @hello_blair.  This should be the last change like this.  Please follow if you don't already, and if you're already a blogger friend I will absolutely follow you back.
  • I meant to do my first book & documentary review, a new series on this blog to expand a little bit outside the realm of just clothes, last weekend.  Illness delayed me.  I'm aiming for this weekend, but if not it'll be over the next week for sure!  (FYI: I'll be covering Don't Know Much About Geography by Kenneth C Davis and the documentary Please Subscribe.
Behind the dress: I'm a sucker for scenery prints.  When I saw this Retrolicious dress on Unique Vintage it was no different.  And lucky for me, it not only went on sale super quickly, but it also went on 50% off it's clearance price, so I got it for next to nothing.  Admittedly when I got it though, I thought I was going to have to sell it (I don't believe you can return an item to UV when it's that marked down).  Retrolicious and Folter dresses run a little bit big, but it's typically nothing that a trip to the washing machine and dryer won't fix.  But this felt like a sack on me!!  I actually laughed when I tried it on because it was so unflattering.  That said, I quickly realized that the magical powers that a belt can have may be the solution, so I tried that and voila...I have a dress that fits and is flattering.  I wore it out to one of my favorite brunch places the week after I got it and the hostess kept complimenting me on it and asking where it was from, so obviously the belt trick worked and no one was the wiser that I almost had to sell it!

Style details: Are you sick of me in headbands yet, haha?  They're apparently my winter go-to head accessory.  This one is from Forever 21 (as is the necklace).  My brooch is from Deer Arrow (one of my new favorite brooch stores).  The jacket is thrifted from a local Buffalo Exchange and is from H&M.  I love it!  It's SO warm...I'm surprised at how cozy it is actually.  And the boots are Madden Girl via DSW.

Positivity time:  If you're in the northern hemisphere, you're probably a little bit chilly as it's winter.  But on the bright side, the days are (technically) getting longer and within a month or two (depending on where you reside, of course) the worst will be over.  This may seem minor, or maybe even wishful thinking, but a girlfriend of mine and I recently nearly high fived over this fact during a brisk walk from the parking garage to our gym the other night.  Hang in there, folks!  And if you're in the southern hemisphere, well then keep enjoying summer, you lucky ducks ;)

Music o'clock: Tennis is a national act that is originally from Denver.  I've been falling deeper in love with them each year, and even got to see them live over the summer.  I just love how they're both ethereal and groovy at the same time.  Their new album is killer too, PS.  "Deep in the Woods" is a song of theres, and given the print on my dress and that I'm in a wooded area, it was a natural choice to name this blog post after this song!

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. I just love scenery prints on dresses, Lauren! This one suits you and your jacket really well:) And no, we are never going to get tired from your headbands:) I actually want to try wearing them, too:)


  2. What a unique, beautiful dress! I love the scenery on it--what a perfect piece to wear in the forest!

  3. Beautiful dress! It's a wonderful reminder of a lush Spring that will hopefully arrive sooner rather than later. <3

    - Anna

  4. Love the title and this whole look is so cool! xx

  5. I love how the print of your dress works with the shearling jacket! Very cool outfit Lauren!

  6. Lucky ducks indeed haha. I was just thinking the other day that we northerns should only have a couple months left of the cold. Fingers crossed lol. Ok, so this dress is so cute! I love the print on it. Scenery prints seem magical to me for some reason. Almost like the first page drawing of a story book that starts off "once upon a time." You could never tell this dress was big on you either. Never! The belt works wonders.

  7. I get those allergies too! The sinus headaches are awful! I hope you feel better soon!
    Your dress is super cute, love the print

  8. suer Hype dear

  9. Sorry to hear about the allergies! Hope you get well soon! For me, winter is mostly low temperatures, cold wind, cold snow and waiting until I get to go the mountains and do some snowboarding. :)

    Love this outfit! Cute dress.. and perfect boots! :)

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  10. I'm dealing with allergies lately too. UGH! This is a fun look. A little different print for you. Loving that shearling jacket.

    Amy Ann
    Straight A Style

  11. I keep telling myself that the days are getting longer again as well to keep me motivated. So hard to notice through the constant rain though...

    Linda, Libra, Loca: Beauty, Baby and Backpacking

  12. The dress is so cool! The woods is the perfect setting. Love the jacket, I have one similar thats been worn a lot lately! Amazing styling girl!


  13. Ahhh Lauren, I'm obsessed with your jacket!


  14. Honestly I doubt I will look half as good as you in headband! And that dress is so darn unique, never seen anything quite like it and you wear it so gorgeously!

    Shireen | Reflection of Sanity

  15. I love that dress, the jacket goes so well with it too! I also have the Deer Arrow sewing machine brooch, it's so cute!! I love your boots too, I need to find some nice new ones come winter time! x

  16. I have a dress that is big enough to fit five of me but a belt always saves the day. Now I wear it and no one else is the wiser.


  17. That's an awesome print! The boots and jacket go so well with it.

  18. That is such a great print on your dress, and the best background for wearing it in, haha! I find belting too-big dresses is a great trick, I often shop for dresses online as if it's a little too big you can always belt, and you know the sizing for next time!

    Away From The Blue Blog

  19. Your dress is absolutely stunning, love the forest print in it and I'm following you on Instagram <3

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  20. Stunning pics!
    Have a nice week-end!
    Photographe Gil Zetbase

  21. I'm glad you're feeling somewhat better. I know a pretty dress always helps, plus copious amounts of meds, lol. I love this dress! Scenery prints are everything!

  22. Still not sick of your head scarf! ;) Love this print and the way you paired it with a brown coat and boots is perfect!

  23. U look super cute in headbands! Ur dress are always so fun and I really love the print on this one.

  24. You look adorable!!


  25. Sorry to hear about your allergies, dear Lauren, what about your outfit, I'm so in love with your dress, it's so pretty <3

  26. Love the brown pairing with this dress! And the background in the pictures are so perfect with this dress! I'm glad you were able to make this dress work for you with a belt! Looks great!


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