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On a Roll

Hey, all!  This was my outfit from yesterday (thank goodness it's finally feeling like summer!!) that I thought I'd share with you!  I usually try not to put too much quirk on top of too much quirk and by balancing my outfit with a classic feel as well, but I just wanted to have fun yesterday!  My Punky Pins green dinosaur necklace matched the greens in my Bento Box Retrolicious dress (from Unique Vintage) so well that I decided to do quirk on quirk!  (PSA: I'm wearing a size small for measure and this dress runs large!!  I NEEDED the belt to look pulled together, even after shrinking it in the wash.  Retrolicious/Folter dresses have been way more true to size lately, so this was a surprise.  Not since a year and a half ago had I had issues with their sizing.)  And I added two more subtle quirky touches in my Majong bracelet from Luxulite and my Daria brooch from Atomic Lucite.  Some days rules are for breaking, right?  Ha.
I justify all of this because my Nine West shoes a…

Bernie Dexter Lauren Dress Review!

Happy Memorial Day, folks!  If you are a veteran and are reading this, thank-you for your service!  And if you have lost a loved one in a war, I'm so very sorry.  And if you're an international reader, today is a holiday here in the states (if you haven't already deduced that).
Lauren Dress Review: I finally got my hands on a Bernie Dexter Lauren dress!  You'd think with the first part of my name being Lauren that I would have flocked to get one sooner, but I'm not THAT egotistical ha!  The Lauren dress is a very similar to the style of the Kelly dress (see my review on that style HERE) as well as the new Bernie style, the Drive in Dress.  (Someone help me on that one, as I can't tell a difference at all between the Drive in and the Kelly...)  
At first glance the Lauren looks nearly identical too, but there are a few differences.  For one, there is an attached waist belt.  Those aren't typically my jam (I do make exceptions from time to time) and in this cas…

1 Skirt: Two Ways to Mix Prints

Happy Friday!  I'm going to try and have Friday posts be all about tips and how-to posts for the foreseeable future!  This week I'm hitting a two birds with one stone.  Being a skirt queen, I'm constantly being asked how to style skirts.  Lately I've been neglectful by doing more dress posts, so apologies!  I also enjoy mixing prints a lot and I get questions on how to do that as well!  So here's one of my favorite skirts (from Ann Taylor last year) being remixed for different takes on mixing prints!
Mixing Prints Tip #1: Find a Color to Stick With This is a case of mixing prints but keeping something central to the outfit: the color navy.  The pineapples in skirt are navy and the backdrop against the flamingos of this J Crew Factory top is also navy.  I kept the navy theme going with the Ralph Lauren pumps to prevent the outfit from getting "too crazy."  As you can see, I'm definitely mixing prints here but everything feels cohesive.  Find something co…

Unique Vintage, David Bowie, and Soap!

Hello to all!  Happy Wednesday!  This week has been nuts for me!  I've officially launched Blair Uncensored!  It's a second blog that's kind of a passion project and kind of a future living portfolio for other potential writing gigs in the future.  I have so much to say on pop culture and more that I finally decided to make an outlet for it!  Today I wrote about the unexpected passing of Chris Cornell.  I don't have a shirt from any of his bands (weirdly, as I'm an avid collector of band tees) but in this post I am wearing a shirt by the artist's death who rocked me the most, David Bowie.  I wore this outfit a few weeks back when I met up with some friends.  I was going to post this outfit late last week or this past Monday, but knowing my Cornell post was going out today I decided to save this outfit today.  Man, it sucks when awesome musicians die!
On a cheerier note, I hope this yellow outfit makes you happy!  I got these Unique Vintage jumper dress years bac…

Elephants and Showgirls

Welcome to Monday, my lovely readers!  I have a bit of a "thing" for yellow dresses AND elephants, so naturally this elephant dress by ModCloth (Festive Frondescence A-Line Dress in Safari) become mine!  (I can last be seen wearing this dress HERE.)  I love how it's a yellow dress with teals, reds, and browns.  I can honestly say it's nothing like anything else in my closet.  For today I paired it with mostly reds, as well as with my teal Kate Spade bag for an extra pop of color.    Did you notice my brooch?  It's from Atomic Lucite and is an oh-so classy scene from the movie Showgirls.  Showgirls is a movie I consider an "accidental comedic masterpiece", so my life is basically made by owning this brooch now!!  Speaking of movies and pop culture, my NEW culture/comedy blog, Blair Uncensored is now open!!  It's going to be a bit of an experiment and will likely evolve some, but it'll mostly be an opinion blog where I try to fill the void on thing…

Folter Skull Dress for Summer

Hey all!  Happy Friday!  This is a quick post on a summer ready look!  Orange is one of those perfect summer colors and this Till the End of Time dress by Folter (now on sale!) is just too much fun!  I could literally pair any color I want with it, but I decided to go with orange to embrace the fun colors that summer can be associated with.  Orange you glad I did?  Har har, I know!
My brooch is my Atomic Lucite and has the cast of Soap in the TV!  Soap is my all-time favorite sitcom so I'm thrilled they made this!  Speaking of TV...I just did my introduction post at BLAIR UNCENSORED, my new blog on culture (which will feature a lot of TV!).  Please check it out!  Reminder: I've changed my Insta and Twitter handles both to @blairosaurus_rex (click to follow on Insta and Twitter) and have a new Facebook page for this blog and other projects coming up (HERE).
Have a happy weekend!! XOXO Lauren-Blair Donovan

TOBI Leila Coral Sequin Shift Dress

Hello, friends!!  Who is ready for the weekend?  This DRESS is!  This dress from Tobi is just too much fun!  It's been too long since I've owned a sequin party dress, so this is a super fun addition to my wardrobe!  Redheads: never forget that gold and corals are your best friends!!  I feel like my fellow redheads often underplay colors from the orange family when it's actually a great color for us!  It gives us an overall rose gold hue to us, so have fun with oranges!
I have to admit I was nervous about this dress!  Tobi was sold out of XS, so upon seeing the back was stretchy and that the straps were adjustable I figured I could get away with a small...but was still nervous!  It'd say the small fits fine, although I must warn y'all, this dress is super short!  I know I have a lot of readers who prefer modest lengths, so I'd be remiss to not mention this.  However, with tights or even using dress shorts to convert this dress into a top, there are ways to wear t…

Lulu Marie Designs

Hey, everyone!  Today I'm introducing you to a newer designer, Lulu Marie Designs.  She's a very talented skirt (amongst other things; lots of kids fashion/accessories for any parents reading!!!) designer.  This is one of her fabulous midi skirts (check out all of her skirts HERE), complete with an attached waist belt and pockets.  This skirt is made of quality material, is well made, and fits like a dream!  I have a special discount code for YOU, my above and beyond amazing readers!  With a purchase of more than $50, you can get 15% off with the code LAURENB! Still not convinced?  Below you can check out the the print in more detail and fall in love: Definitely check out here shop HERE, as well as her Instagram and Facebook!  Lulu Marie Designs is definitely worth a gander for anyone who love skirts, prints, and quality made items!  And hashtag #mylulumarie when you get your gorgeous items and show them off on social media!!
I wanted to really make this print pop, so I styled t…

TOBI Robyn Ivory Midi Dress

Happy Monday to everyone!  I know Monday is a day that garners a lot of complaints, but hey, we're all alive to see another Monday, right?!?!  Ok, I'll quit the gratuitous positive Polly stuff and jump into the outfit, though I'm still keeping it positive!!  I LOVE this Tobi dress!  I was super nervous about receiving it because I was unfamiliar with Tobi's on paper versus reality sizing charts.  I'm usually an XS in dresses across the board, but because there is a cutout in this one I wasn't sure if I should be small to prevent my stomach from literally busting out of the dress!!  But because I'm narrow in the general bust area (and an A cup...) I reasoned tight would be better than loose.  Boy am I glad I got the XS!  It fits nearly perfectly!  It's a smidge big but that's a good problem to have because if it shrinks a bit in the wash than oh-well.  
Candidly, I'm usually not super into cut outs in dresses.  I make a few exceptions to the rule,…