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Tangled Up in Plaid

Behind the dress:  Lately I've been feeling plaid more and more.  Plaid never really goes out of style, so I've been investing in some plaid staples.  I LOVE green, so when my favorite dress designer, Bernie Dexter, put this piece on SUPER SALE in her eBay store towards the end of 2015 I more than couldn't resist.  It's the Chelsea style, which in my opinion runs a little bit large in the bust and arm pit area (XS is as small as Bernies go so I can't size down).  It's not awful, especially with cardigans, but in my humble opinion this style of hers runs the largest.  I'm overall very happy with this dress however; I also got it with two floral halters that I thought I was more excited about, but I think this one if my favorite of the trio.

Styling details: It's hardly a secret now that purple and green are both my favorite colors as well as my favorite color combination!  I paired this dress with my Banana Republic cardigan, Erstwilder hippo brooch, mixed prints a bit with my Kate Spade polka dot bag, and my new purple-ish BCBG Max Azria pumps via DSW.  

Positivity Time: When a bunch of international shootings happened towards the end of 2015, I tried to be upbeat (as much as one can) about the situation because I had read that there were certain biases about the world at large...meaning only the bad shit gets reported and the world is in fact becoming safer and better.  I know it's hard to believe, because perception is everything, but I finally found (one of) the articles that breaks down the ways the world is improving that most people don't even realize. It covers everything from violent deaths, to hunger, to intelligence and how they're improving.  Read about it HERE if you wanna feel good about life.  

Music o'clock: "Tangled Up in Plaid" is a Queen of the Stone Age song, and that seemed fitting for this blog post, no?  Admittedly, Queens of the Stone Age are a band I'm aware of and like, but don't know every last thing about them or several of their songs.  Funny story though, as one of my friends 4 years ago tried to get me to go out while my health was crashing because Queens of the Stone Age was playing a secret show somewhere in Denver.  Though I'm not a mega fan, I thought that'd be cool so I was tempted to go out.  At the last minute I decided stay in, and I'm glad I did as my friend had incredibly bad intel and the Queens of the Stone Age were NOT playing in Denver.  Within a year later, I was going to go see Megadeth and Motorhead on the same bill and this same friend texted me the day of to say that Motorhead had to bail out of the show because Lemmy lost his voice.  I didn't believe him because of said Queens of the Stone Age incident, but within 20 minutes I heard the news on the radio confirming my friend's scoop.  I was bummed...and even more so because I had never seen Motorhead live...and now I never will.  I was pretty sad to hear about Lemmy's passing last week.  Though I'm talking about Queens of the Stone Age in this post, it's hard not to interject Motorhead because of my friend always hearing things about bands in town and being right some of the time but not the rest of the time.  I wish he was wrong on the latter account!  And may Lemmy rest!

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 like the plaid and polka dots together! It's always fun to mix patterns :)


  2. You look so beautiful :) I love the way this outfit works together so nicely! Happy New Year! xx

  3. So beautiful and elegant

  4. Such a lovely pairing, Lauren! I simply adore that purse :) I hope you had a wonderful day, beauty!



  5. Such a great plaid dress. It fits you perfectly! Beautiful print!

    - Anna

  6. Plaid is so timeless! I love the fit of your dress, it's perfect on you!

    Pumps and Push-Ups

  7. I love the color combo and the plaid print! The pinky-purple cardigan goes brilliantly with your red hair :D


  8. I like the plaid and polka dots together.

  9. I love your style so much! Really fun and retro styled! Hope you had a happy new year 2016 :-)

  10. Plaid is one of my favorites and you look gorgoeus wearing it! Especially love the polka dots with plaid combo. Purple was always one of my go-to colors when styling a green outfit! They just work so well together.

  11. Oh I wish I was able to go to a secret Queens of the Stone Age show. I'm a fan of theirs and that would have been cool if your friend had accurate intel. Purple and green are some of my favorite colors too but you probably already guessed that hah.


  12. Such a pretty look! Love the plaid!!
    Love from {a lifestyle, fashion, beauty, and food blog}

  13. you have the best dress collection, I love the plaid

  14. Perfect mixing of patterns! looks good in you!

  15. Nice dress!!!
    Love it dear,

  16. Super cute look...

  17. you look so cute in plaid! the purple and green go perfectly together! :)

    Metallic Paws

  18. Adorable dear!

  19. Lauren, thank you for being such a ray of sunshine about the issue at hand. I'll be honest and say that the international shootings had me going downhill and feeling terrified of the world. The article you cited is just what I needed.

    You're looking so sweet in your outfit, too! Purple and green isn't necessarily a combo I would go for but you wear it so nicely!

    May | THE MAYDEN | bloglovin'

  20. What a gorgeous dress! It looks amazing on you!


  21. Plaid is the absolute best, especially in fall and winter and this dress is just stunning! Never heard of Bernie Dexter but I am going to go window shop their site now, so thanks! Haha! You look absolutely stunning love this vintagey look. And with all the bad out there thanks for posting a link to a positivity article! Will definitely read it! Lovely blog, lady!

    Rae | Love from Berlin

  22. Loving the plaid dress, it looks stunning with your purple cardigan great combination <3

    Capturing Life Memoirs | bloglovin' | Instagram

  23. great post! happy new year! :)

  24. Oh, such a cute dress **

    The Cutielicious

  25. That dress is lovely, and you'd never be able to tell that the fit isn't as nice as you'd like, the cardigan really does hide it as it looks like a great fit on you! :)

    Away From The Blue Blog

  26. wow, I always admire your dresses *_* you look so awesome in that one as usual :)

  27. I'm a huge fan of plaid.Your dress is pretty

  28. You did a great job mixing the patterns!

  29. Gorgeous dress! xo

  30. I think the plaid and the polka dots go great together!
    This outfit is really fun! Great styling!
    Much love,

  31. I really like combo of purple and green too, I love your dress, it has retro vibe and it suits to your style, Lauren :)

  32. Love how fun this outfit is! Love your bag.


  33. This plaid dress is so cute and I LOVE the way you styled it!! Have a wonderful day!!!

    xo, Esther

  34. I recently bought a plain dress through the brand Lindybop, usually plaid is not really to my taste...but I'll see if the print will grow on me or not! But I do love how you styled this Bernie plaid dress! :)

  35. The design of the dress is so pretty and I love how the waist band bit breaks it up.

    I wish they reported more happier things on the news because majority of it is doom and gloom. It's important to know what's going on in the world but that also includes the good stuff too.

  36. I love plaid for fall and winter. It's so perfect. Lovely outfit!


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