Pleated Silver Skirt + Black Cutout Top

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Happy Valentine's Day, loves! Hope your having a great week! How are you celebrating this Day of Love!? I am actually solo today - I just got back home from visiting Adam in New Orleans yesterday afternoon and we celebrated on Sunday night with some little gifts & dinner out at one of our favorite restaurants, Shaya. 

However your celebrating today, I hope you remember that the most important relationship you'll ever have is with yourself! I think its really easy to get down on this particular day if you don't find yourself in a relationship and having someone special to celebrate with. If you happen to be feeling a little down in the dumps today, I encourage you to turn any negative thoughts into positive ones and focus on all things good in your life! I shared this post last week with some Sweet & Simple Valentine's Day Gift Ideas. There's a few things that are just perfect for showing yourself some self-love/self-care! 

A few things that always lift my mood when I find myself having a down day...
- buy yourself some flowers. Lately I've been in the habit of buying a bouquet of flowers for downstairs and upstairs and setting them on the nightstand. It makes me happy to see them when I wake up in the morning, go to sleep at night and any time I walk in & out of the bedroom during the day. Trader Joe's has the best flowers & for cheap!
- workout or take a yoga class. moving your body & breaking a sweat is a guaranteed mode booster! Show your body some love and in turn your heart & mind will feel more calm, happy & light.
- take a tub. draw a bath, light some candles, listen to some music & just...be. I suggest removing the phone from tub time. Uhm, scrolling thru social media and comparing yourself to others (we all do it) is not the idea here. Your supposed to be making yourself feel better. If your using your phone as your music source, turn up the volume and set the phone somewhere you can't reach it. I connect via our Bluetooth Speaker
- when all else fails... 🍷🍫 have a glass of wine & some really good, dark chocolate w/ sea salt! 😉

So about this outfit! I shared this Pleated Silver Skirt back in December with a more feminine blouse! Both from Kate Spade! I wore this exact outfit for NYE in Nola and loved pairing these black ankle booties + black cutout top with this skirt for a sexy yet classy OOTN. Instead of my Chanel Clutch, I borrowed an Swarovski Crystal encrusted clutch from my mom, so fancy it up a bit more! Sharing a few photos with the sparkly clutch below! 

So, this is the very first cutout top I've bought and I love it! I purchased it from a super cute boutique on Magazine Street in New Orleans called Elle Boutique. Not sure why it took me so long to try out this particular style top, but now I love it! I've linked a few I'm loving below. My silver metallic pleated skirt from Kate Spade is on sale - finally!! But only left in a few sizes, so I'm sharing some other options below! 

Thanks so much for stopping in & Happy Love Day! xx

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Stripe Turtleneck + Sweet & Simple Valentines Day Gift Ideas

Watch : Daniel Wellington 'Classic Durham' 
Daniel Wellington is running a Valentines Day Special, receive a heart charm with every leather watch purchase + a poem & free gift wrapping. Use my code: LAURENS to receive 15% OFF your order. Code is valid now - march 31.

You guys know I love stripes! I am obsessed with this stripe turtleneck from J.crew. I own it in 4 color combos and have been rotating thru them all over the last 6 weeks!! Its currently on sale for like 15 bucks!! This pink & red combo is so cute for casual & chic Valentine's OOTD. 

Hello loves! Happy Sunday from Nola! 
I'm here visiting Adam for the first time in 5 WEEKS! eek - insert all the appropriate emoji feels. 
January was hella busy and I could not get away to visit my love. With that being said, we have never had 5 weeks apart and lets just say it has not been easy. I have felt a rush of emotions over these last several weeks having so much time apart from my other half. All I can say is Thank God for FaceTime. I mean seriously, what did we do before FT?! Its so good to be here with him and spent some actual face time with each other.  

Speaking of love, Valentine's Day is right around the corner. Personally, I don't get overly excited about this particular holiday, but of course it is fun to celebrate with a date night - cooking in or heading out - and exchanging a little sweet something with your boo. 

I got in to New Orleans on Friday night & fly back home on Tuesday morning, so Adam & I will be celebrating Valentine's Day over the weekend! I got a few little gifts for my babe that are so cute & thoughtful that I'm sharing below!
I got Adam this personalized candle from Etsy (I couldn't find it to link with a picture below) and I just LOVE it! You can personalize the candle + the top to say your name. You can even personalize the matches to come along with it! I've kind of fallen in love with Etsy all over again lately! lol

Whether your spending Valentines Day with the love of your life, your Gal Pals or even solo, I've linked a little something for everyone below.  If you happen to be single (and ready to mingle) don't forget to show yourself some love! Perhaps a main/pedi, some chocolates & wine or a long bath. Or all the above! 

Hope your having a great weekend & wish you Happy Valentines Day!

Much Love,

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Valentine's Day Gifts For Him 

casual chic outfit inspiration : black denim, jean shirt + black puffer vest

For whatever reason, I cannot get the picture of my black puffer vest (on sale + extra 50% OFF with code: EXTRA50) to link, but the cream colored one above is the same exact vest! 

happy hump day, loves! Hope your week is going well! Can you guys believe its the last day of January!? This month flew by! Uhm, can time just slow down a little? please & thank you.

Let's hop into this post, because I have so many things to talk about with this outfit! I actually just threw this together to go show property one day and absolutely love it! 

BLACK DENIM. I recently bought these FRAME Black Denim at Nordstrom and I have been wearing them like 3x a week! They have the perfect amount of stretch and fit like a glove, you guys! They are perfect to dress up or dress down-ish like I did here with this casual chic #ootd. These are definitely a splurge, but totally worth it, in my opinion. A great pair of denim are always worth the investment because you get so much wear out of them!  

MOUNTAIN PUFFER VEST. I found this puffer vest while perusing the sale section at J.Crew a couple weeks ago and fell in love with this puffer. It has the cutest gold details - front zipper, buttons on the pockets + little zipper at the bottom on each side - I'm such a sucker for the little details. This vest is currently on SUPER SALE, you guys! Its already marked down + an EXTRA 50% OFF, coming to about $35 bucks! {Hello, yes!} make sure you enter code: EXTRA50 before you check out. PS. Its still available in all 6 colors and most are still fully stocked. I think I need the red one! 

DENIM SHIRT. My denim shirt is from Ralph Lauren. I found it in Macy's in NYC about 4 years ago and honestly, at this point, I don't feel the need to ever buy another jean shirt. It literally gets better year after year. I was on the hunt for one FOREVER and this was the one I had been waiting for! {LOL} I found this jean shirt in 'vintage indigo' that looks almost identical to mine, just a slightly darker wash.

LEOPARD PRINT CLUTCH. I shared my Clare V. Leopard Clutch in this post all about leopard print  . I just love this little pop of leopard, upping the chic factor for this outfit! I'll link a few other, more budget-friendly options below if your on the hunt for a leopard clutch/bag of your own.

BLACK BOOTIES. My ankle booties are Sam Edelman from last year and I still love 'em and wear 'em all the time. I have the same exact pair in brown, too! I bought a new pair of black booties earlier in the season and actually still wear these and barely wear the other ones. Every girl needs a go-to pair of black booties in her closet! I've linked several cute pairs at various price points to wear on repeat below!

two personal style tips from moi...
Invest in high quality, style stapes that are versatile and you get a lot of wear out of - denim & shoes - are two on the top of my list! 
Stalk the sales at your favorite stores/brands to snag deals on your basics like tees, tanks, long sleeves, and such. Almost everything I buy, with the exception of items like I mentioned above, are on sale. there's just no need to pay full price for these items. 

 Hope you guys enjoyed the post! Wish you a wonderful end-of-week & thanks so much for stopping in! xx

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3 Leopard Print Pieces Every Girl Needs In Her Closet

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LEOPARD IS A CLASSIC PRINT THAT WILL NEVER GO OUT OF STYLE.
 If you ask me, every stylish girl needs a few pops of this fun, bold print in their closet! I recently purchased this Topshop Leopard Print Cardigan - it was Leopard Love at first sight! {LOL} I just love the pops of yellow throughout, too. Extra cute factor, for sure! This cute cardi is THEE perfect mix of cozy & chic! I have to refrain from wearing it too much! {ha}

As much as I love leopard, I'm quite particular about the print - there are so many variations - and definitely lean more towards the classic colors in a mix of black & shades of brown. Its so important to pick your print wisely - some leopard prints can be a bit tacky, if you ask me. Keep it classy, ladies! 😉

3 LEOPARD PRINT PIECES YOU NEED IN YOUR CLOSET

LEOPARD PRINT SHOES
Whether its a pair of leopard print pumps, booties or flats - or one of each - invest in a pair of leopard print shoes that you can get a lot of wear out of for both work & everything in between! There are so.many.cute leopard print shoes to choose from, I'm sharing my favorites below.

LEOPARD PRINT BAG / CLUTCH
I finally got myself the coveted Clare V. Leopard Print Clutch. I asked for it for Christmas from my momma and she spoiled me with this beautiful bag! I LOVE it and have been carrying it like crazy ever since it made its way into my life. LOL This particular clutch is definitely an investment piece but I've linked a few other options with a smaller price tag below. 

LEOPARD PRINT SWEATER
You guys know that I like to keep things simple. If I'm wearing a leopard print sweater/cardigan, I like to keep the rest of my outfit pretty minimal. I just got these Le Skinny Black Denim from FRAME and I am loving them! I really love the contrast of the camel color + leopard print against these dark black jeans. I found the CUTEST yellow leopard sweater and linked it for you guys below along with a handful of others I'm digging. 

just in case your on the hunt for a leopard print dress, skirt or a couple other accessories, I'm sharing a few more leopard loves below. 

New Years Weekend in New Orleans

Happy New Year loves! Hope you had a super fun NYE and just an all around wonderful Holiday Season! Adam and I flew back to New Orleans together on Dec. 29 to ring in 2018 with our favorite people. Quick Catch Up: Adam is in Nola for several months filming a TV Show so I've been flying back and forth to visit + I had him home for both Thanksgiving & Christmas with our families. 

As I start to write this post (January 2), I'm nursing an absolutely horrible hangover..I honestly cannot recall the last time I felt THIS poopy. Yikes. We had the.best.time celebrating New Years Weekend and I think we actually had even more fun on New Years Day than we did on NYE. {haha}
Adam is blessed to work with some of the greatest guys and all the girlfriends are becoming closer friends as we continue to plan to be here visiting on the same weekends with our men! We wrapped up an oyster & martini filled New Years Day Dinner going around the table just saying how thankful we are for these wonderful friendships we have with each other. 

A quick recap of our New Years Weekend : 
Adam & I flew into New Orleans around 8pm on Friday evening, grabbed some food at a {new to us} spot called Bar Frances and called it an early night. 

Saturday, December 30, 2017
Adam and I did a really great 5 mile walk down St. Charles, around Audubon Park, stopped into Le's Baguette for some Pho and back home to chill out for a few hours. We had plans to eat dinner at 1000 Figs Saturday night, drove all the way there and they were CLOSED!  meh, this was SUCH a disappointment you guys!! We all LOVE 1000 Figs. If your ever in Nola, you need to eat here --  you will LOVE! 
We winded up at an Italian place called Avo that was nothing to write home about. 

New Years Eve.
New Years Eve started with a hot & sweaty 75 min yoga clas at Free To Be Yoga followed by oysters, (more) Pho and mimosas at St. Roche Market! Such a fun spot. After lunch, we made a stop into a couple boutiques on Magazine Street so I could find a top to go with my pleated metallic skirt that I brought to wear for my NYE Outfit. I brought this ruffle blouse that I shared in this outfit post with me, but last minute decided I'd rather go with a black & silver combo! This is actually the first 'choker cut out' top I've purchased. This style top is so on trend right now, but for whatever reason I haven't jumped on the train until now and of course I wish I did sooner - so chic & sexy. 

NYE Dinner was at a place called Root. Another....you guessed it, cool spot! {haha} Downstairs is actually called Square Root and upstairs, Root, has a really neat bar/lounge area and a private room {where we ate} + a kitchen that I believe they do cooking classes in. We ate and drank the night away to the tune of 3.30am. yikes. 

New Years Day.
Some serious sleep in's were in order -- woof. We had so.much.fun on New Years Day. The 7 of us froze our faces off for a 3 mile, 30° stroll back to Audubon Park. An hour later, our frozen bones needed some soup & wine! {ha} We headed back to Le's Baguette for Pho and then across the street to French Truck Coffee. We headed back to the house, made hot toddies, and, Adam & Dave jumped in the pool {hello polar bear club}! A handful of us decided we needed oysters so we headed over to Superior Seafood where we managed to slurp down 4 dozen oysters - mmmm, so good. The party continued back at the house where we all consumed far too much Bubbly! 

Tuesday, January 2.
Enter the worst hangover ever! OMG. I basically stayed in the house all day until I ran down to Magazine Street for some soup & French fries at Tal's Hummus. {another good spot}. Adam worked all day, which wasn't exactly how I imagined my last day in New Orleans...

Thank you so much for stopping by! What did you do for New Years? Go all out or kept things low-key? Please share in the comments below!

Happy 2018!  

PS: I am so late in posting this New Years Blog - it has been finished & sitting in the queue since Jan. 5. Work has been so busy, I didn't have time to finish editing the Vlog portion and I wanted to share everything together! Thanks again for reading/watching! xx

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Some snaps from the weekend! 

the houses all along St. Charles are major #HouseGoals If your into houses & architecture you'll love strolling and taking in all the amazing properties

after 5 miles, we definitely walked up an appetite! We popped in for some Pho @ Le's Baguette 

Lunch at St. Roche Market on New Years Eve
 oysters + mimosas

all dolled up for NYE

New Years Day Stroll to Audubon Park.
Elizabeth flew with her and Matt's dog, Molly Girl. So we took her to the park to play some ball

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so delicious almond milk latte at French Truck Coffee

martinis & oysters @ Superior Seafood
how funny is this underwater filter on Instastories!? 

some "healthy grease" at Tal's Hummus was just what the Hangover Doctor ordered.
This vegetable soup was simply delicious. Potato Wedges + Hummus #YUM