3 Ways to Style Boyfriend Jeans

 

STYLE ONE: GAME DAY/NIGHT
Although here in Louisiana, I couldn’t wear this outfit unless it was a November/December/January game (and sometimes not even then) because it stays so hot. BUT I can honestly say I would rock this out on a Saturday night. This whole outfit is giving me major 90s vibes, but that makes me love it even more. Not pictured, I’m wearing some black super strappy flat sandals with this outfit, but platform sandals would be so cute! Even basic black high-top converse would pull this ensemble together.

STYLE TWO: DATE NIGHT/GNO
What I love so much about pairing distressed boyfriend jeans with a blazer, is that throwing on a pair of heels and a sassy bun makes this look effortlessly feminine–perfect for date night or girls’ night out. I would add a silver clutch or black bucket bag to complete this look. Or even some cool geometric-shaped earrings rather than a statement necklace. Check out some picks I’ve linked down below!

STYLE THREE: SUNDAY ERRANDS
Throw on a comfy basic tee with some equally as comfy tennis shoes. Add a baseball cap to hide dirty hair and you’re all set to be super productive on your day off!

 

Jeans: Nordstrom; Nordstrom; Hollister
Plaid: Target; Forever 21
Tiger tank: Frock Candy, Baton Rouge; Revolve; Fifth Sun
Black choker: Hemline, Towne Center; Forever 21
Blazer: Blu Spero, Baton Rouge; Forever 21; Nordstrom
Striped tank: Nordstrom; American Eagle
Geometric earrings: Nordstrom; Nordstrom; Baublebar
Chain necklace: Baublebar; Target
Baseball cap: Dillards
Basic tee: Nordstrom; Old Navy
White tennies: RDB; Nordstrom

PHOTOS C/O KELSEY COSTE

Festival: Tips & Tricks

hey honeys!

I am super excited to share this post with y’all! Festival season is here and there’s a reason people go all out for these thangs. I’m going to get right to it and share with you all some of my go-to style tricks when I’m getting ready for a weekend of drinking, dancing, music-binging and everything in between!

First and foremost, comfort is key. I know that my outfit here may not strike you personally as comfortable but it’s easy to throw on plus it’s loose and flowy–all things I prefer in pieces I have to be wearing for long periods of time. Can I dance in this outfit? Most absolutely I can! My advice to you is to make sure what you wear breathes and moves with you while you’re wild’n out!

 

 

 

 

 

Secondly, can you go to the bathroom easily in your outfit of choosing? I’m breaking like a top priority here with my shorteralls pick, but FASHION OVER EVERYTHING, AMIRITE?! lollllz. But seriously, it truly is an important thing to consider when bathroom lines are long, porter-potty stalls are tiny, and you’ve got less than three minutes to pee and dart to the next stage. Also, it is rare for me to rare rings when I know I’m going to be dancing, holding drinks, putting a backpack on and off…it’s just asking for me to lose them!

 

 

Let’s not forget: are you wearing comfortable shoes? I’m wearing some pretty basic gladiator sandals so in a nutshell my feet won’t be sweating and I can kick ’em off if I feel like rocking bare feet. I wouldn’t recommend wearing a pair of new shoes you haven’t broken in yet, but if you wear closed-toe shoes at all invest in some comfy socks to prevent blisters.

 

 

 

 

 

This is cruicial– are you wearing sweat-proof makeup?? This one is pretty self-explanatory. Here are some of my festival staples: Foundation, setting spray, long-lasting lipstick

Basic pieces can be just as fun and trendy as layering and mixing patterns. Don’t feel like because the ‘norm’ is to be over-the-top that that’s what you have to do! Adding jewelry or fun makeup can get you the vibe you’re going for without breaking the bank or being uncomfortable. Also, there are other ways of showing skin besides wearing a bikini top and jean shorts, like how I did an off the shoulder top here. Don’t get me wrong, I’m all about that life, especially when it’s hot AF outside. But use these opportunities to challenge yourself and your style–wear things you may not otherwise!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lastly, wear whatever you want to! Dress in costume, wear an oversized tshirt as a dress, wear whatever makes YOU happy. Because in the end, that’s all that matters! 😀

Boheme Valentine

So, I’m currently watching season one of Blindspot. Have you guys seen it before? Totally wasn’t expecting to be this addicting and fast-paced! Make that, currently bingewatching. What are some of y’all’s favorite television shows? During the school semester I don’t really have a ton of time to watch, but on breaks and downtime, I’m all about some Netflix and couch time.
I’m super excited to share this look with you guys, especially since it’s been a while since I’ve posted. School has been kicking my butt having to commute to class 3x a week, and thennnnn there’s the fact that Blaine and I moved into a new house last weekend! Holy #adulting! (I am not an interior designer by any means either so any suggestions will be warmly welcomed!)

For this look, I wanted to make it as feminine and flowy as I possibly knew how. My dress is from Bella Bella boutique in Baton Rouge,LA and my boots are from Edge Boutique in Hammond,LA. I’m linking both of their instagrams! I actually got the hat from a girlfriend, but have seen similar ones at Marshall’s. As usual, I will link tons of similar options at the end of this post. I’m pretty sure that for Valentine’s Day I will be missing my handsome Valentine while in class. We don’t have any traditions, per-say but I love anything food-related! Trying new restaurants or eating out at favorite local spots. Plus, there’s always holiday sale candy the day after V-day, which is my absolute favvv! Do you guys do Valentine’s Day or Galentine’s Day? I’d love to know!

Dress: Nordstrom, Forever 21, Francesca’s, SheIn, SheIn

Boots: Amazon, Nordstrom, Nordstrom

Hat: Target, Macy’s

One last little tidbit for your Valentine’s Day festivities! I made these a lot through high school and college as cupcakes. But for Valentine’s Day, I switch it up to a heart-shaped pan. I’m not really a “make from scratch” kinda girl because I feel like when I bake from scratch it tastes different every time, even when I use the exact same ingredients and measurements. Using pre-made mixes, I know once I bake and ice, I’ll get some delicious strawberry-funfetti cupcakes! Orrrr, for those of y’all who like vanilla cake base better, switch up the icing/cake mixes, like I did below! What are your favorite Valentine’s Day treats??

Fat Tuesday to Fit Wednesday: Mardi Gras Style with SFT

Don’t mind me, I’m just cozied up over here eating all the king cake I can! Mardi Gras season is a very close second to Christmas time–the food, the fun, the celebration, you just can’t beat it! My most favorite Mardi Gras memories are running Church Point’s Mardi Gras with my lovies. It is incredibly hard to describe what exactly Courir de Mardi Gras is like without experiencing it for yourself. But check out this link that covers a few of the basics!
Church Point Courir de Mardi Gras 2016

Unfortunately, it’s cold and rainy on Mardi Gras more than it isn’t, so you’ll usually find me doing exactly as I’m pictured here: staying warm and dry with my cake and coffee.

For the SFT King Cake Challenge, I was asked to pick my favorite king cake recipe here in Baton Rouge. I set out on this journey with a determination only my taste buds were prepared to handle, lolz. After several suggestions and a couple of taste tests, my favorite is hands-down is the Bavarian cream king cake from Port Allen Bakery. Okay, so it’s not directly in Baton Rouge. But a little ride over the bridge is only painful at high traffic times, and I assure you–this little slice of cream-filled heaven is well worth the drive. They sell out super quickly every day, though, so I would recommend looking them up on Facebook and calling ahead for whatever you decide to order.

If you’re not feeling the drive, or just don’t want to commit to the calories, CC’s Coffee House offers a latte version of Louisiana’s most beloved sweet treat. Cinnamon, caramel, whipped cream…need I say more? If you don’t live near a CC’s, try Community Coffee’s option.  I prefer eating my king cake and drinking my king cake latte all in one sitting because it’s the little things in life, y’all!.

You can purchase SFT’s Mardi Gras long-sleeve tee here.

Now, after king cake season has come and gone, it’s time to tone it up! Do you guys have any fitness resolutions this year? SFT just launched some adorable Sweet Baton Rouge work out gear you can pick up here. But if you’re a DIY-er, grab any one of their Louisiana Love tees and make it your own! I love wearing anything plaid or purple, so I had a blast pairing this Mardi Gras Louisiana tee with some Lululemon compression leggings.
You could even pair this shirt with some skinnies and wedges or denim cut-offs and a purple bralette for summer time casual! This creative design also comes in a long sleeve version.

For the record, (if you didn’t already know) I love my Fitbit. I would recommend a sport-watch versus something like an Apple watch, especially when you know you’ll be using machines or weights and sweating. I know you can change Apple watch bands, but why not just opt for a less expensive and equally as functional option? I wear mine nearly every day and will gladly repurchase the next version! Also, I do not recommend wearing these shoes for running. They’re perfect for anything stationary, but opt for a pair like this if you plan on jogging!

Can’t wait to see and hear about how you guys celebrate Mardi Gras and your fitness goals for the year! Until next time, lovies. XoXo

*** Photos c/o Kelsey Coste, photographer***

Pretty Little Details

With women not fully dominating the workforce until the latter half of the 20th century, it’s crazy to see how much women’s office wear has changed over the years. (I’m currently picturing Mad Men to Dolly Parton in 9 to 5,  to Rachel at Ralph Lauren in Friends.) Jewel-tones are pretty much my favorite colors to wear, and honestly I feel like they look good on most everybody. And I don’t think I’ll ever own enough straight-leg pants. They’re such a good meet-in-the-middle of a more formal wide-leg trouser and a skinny pant. When I’m feeling like my #wootd is a little too bland, I love adding feminine touches to make it feel more me. Here, I added a pink statement necklace and although you can’t see it well, my pumps have the cutest cut-out close to the heel. These details are small but make me feel ultra femme and put-together.

I’m often asked if I wear my hair up so much because I’m too lazy to fix it or if it’s dirty. Sometimes that may be the case, but really I love the way I feel with my hair up and out of my face! It’s easier to focus, it keeps me from fidgeting and touching my hair too much during conversation, and overall I feel so much prettier with a prim & proper ‘do! I heartily encourage you to try something new with your hair! Part it differently, wear it half up, braid your tresses, or dress them up with a fun clip or headband even. The purpose of this is to find what works for you in different situations. I know, I know. You’re thinking, “I don’t ever style my hair differently because it’s fine the way it is and I like wearing it that way!” But think of it this way…how will you ever know if anything else suits you if you don’t at least try? I hope you find a fun style that makes you feel even more beautiful!

Per usual I linked everything at the bottom, y’all enjoy!

xoxo

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

*Note: Several items I’m wearing were purchased in past seasons. I have linked similar options.*

Sweater: Nordstrom, Loft, Loft, Forever 21

Necklace: Francescas, Charming Charlie, Baublebar

Dress Pant: Old Navy, Banana Republic

Pumps: Amazon, Nordstrom, Target

Earrings: LA2LaDesigns (Currently sold out online, linked some other cute ones!)

Fear No Color: Brightening Up Your Work Wardrobe

Hey lovies!
I’ll be totally honest…today has been a Monday *shudders*. After all the holidays and hanging out, it’s been a kick in the butt to get back in the swing of things. To make this week a little easier jumping back into a 5-day work week, I thought brightening up my #wootd would do the trick! If you didn’t know already, I love mixing patterns and wearing bright colors, so it’s fun for me to be able to channel that into my workwear.
What are some fun ways you guys like to spice up your work wardrobe?

 

Sweater: (I can’t remember exactly. I linked where would have something super similar!)
Imagine Boutique, Edge Boutique

Scarf: Edge Boutique

Khakis: J Crew Factory

Pumps: Target–similar linked here:
Nordstrom Rack, Amazon

Paint the Town Red: Holiday Cocktail

  

Let me start by saying I’m SO incredibly grateful for the absolute babes I have as friends! They took an entire Saturday afternoon to humor me and help me with this post. Couldn’t ask for better! Let me introduce you!

The *fabulous* Niki Kleinberger. (@nikikleinberger)

Favorite color: white or orange
Describe your style in one word: sporty or rockstar-inspired
Best known for: her laugh
Favorite thing about the holidays: “peppermint chocolate, holiday parties, and holiday lights all over the city!”

This girl does it all. When she’s not teaching fitness classes in New Orleans, she’s prepping for bikini fitness competitions. And no, Niki isn’t short for anything. How freaking rockstar is that?! Ugh!

The tall, leggy blonde: Michelle Lagarde

Favorite color: wine or garnet
Describe your style in one word: sexy-chic
Best known for: her idrc what anyone thinks about me attitude (it’s endearing)
Favorite thing about the holidays: “It’s a cheerful and happy time to spend with loved ones. Plus, it’s always a fun time when you mix family, friends, and alcohol! Haha!”

When Michelle isn’t working in Nola, she’s a full-time business student. She’s definitely got a handle on the balancing act of life as a college student (which is more than I can say for myself at times, lolz). [Michelle made these pictures of all of us laughing as natural as they could possibly be with her sarcastic wit.]

The bootylicious bombshell: Brittni Lagarde

Favorite color: blues or greens (cool colors)
Describe your style in one word: boho-romantic
Best known for: kicking butt at her job, and building that booty up at the gym (HAHA ily Brit)
Favorite thing about the holidays: “the cooler weather and the friendly, cheerful spirit everyone has”

Brit’s a walking ball of “I’ll try anything once; but if I don’t want to, I can definitely convince you to try it.” There’s so much life to be lived when you learn to say, “Sure! Why not?!”

And then there was me!

Favorite color: blue or purple
Describe your style in one word: trendy
Best known for: LOL my never-ending awful luck (I wish I was exaggerating!)
Favorite thing about the holidays: Christmas lights and decorations, holiday sweets, oversized sweaters with knit scarves, and gift-giving!

 

Before I link pieces, I want to point out how myself and each of the girls are sporting a different trend of holiday attire! Niki with her midi velvet dress, Michelle making a statement with great fit, Brittni with quintessential sparkle, and me with a bold pop of color. We also are all donning killer heels and different variations of winter-appropriate lips: flattering nude, dark purple/merlot, feminine berry, and of course holiday red! There truly are no rights or wrongs with fashion in my opinion. The holidays simply provide a wonderful excuse for you to be the best-dressed version of yourself! But by at least knowing what style or trend you’d prefer to wear to a particular event or party, it makes shopping that much easier. Now, go pour yourself a glass of champagne and cheers to great family, beautiful friends, and a promising new year!

 

Dresses: Red; Velvet; Velvet; Velvet; Velvet; Velvet; Bodycon; Bodycon; Bodycon; Bodycon; Sequins; Sequins; Sequins; Sequins; Sequins

Shoes: Wine pumps; Wine pumps; Wine pumps; Wine sandal; Wine heels; Nude wrap heel; Nude wrap heel; Nude ankle strap pump; Nude ankle strap pump; Sparkly heels (hurry, they’re on sale!)

Jewelry: statement necklace; statement necklace; gold earrings; gold earrings; bracelets; dressy watch

***Photos c/o Kelsey & Kurt Coste, photographers***

Giving Thanks In Style

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So, if you’re anything like me, you are currently curled up in bed and have been for at least the last hour.  I plan on enjoying every last second of work-free afternoons the next two days. I cannot wait to visit with my mom in the kitchen sipping coffee, watch some football with my dad, and see the new Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them movie in theaters with my little brother! (I’m really excited for that last bit, haha!) For the most part I enjoy being casual around my family and my home town. So, for this look, I took a plain Piko dress and a blanket scarf I keep in constant winter wardrobe rotation and paired them with my Steve Madden OTK boots to dress it up a little bit. The dress is short enough to wear with leggings or jeans underneath and ankle booties to make it more casual.

I am so ready to break out the rest of my scarves, so the weather here in Louisiana needs to make up its mind already! The rain this afternoon brought some warm wind with it. Fingers crossed for an icier breeze when I head home in the morning. With blanket scarves like this one, I’m not the greatest at perfectly coiffing it to a point in front. My advice to those of you who are unsure how to style a blanket scarf: throw it around your neck and over your shoulders until it stays put and you are warm–and voila!

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If you’re doing a late Thanksgiving or Friendsgiving, or just want to be helpful in the kitchen preparing something tomorrow, consider one of the easiest and most favored appetizers: deviled eggs! What I love about this delicious finger food is that it’s almost impossible to mess up and it’s even easier to make! I usually boil some eggs and then peel them under cold running water to make them easier to peel. Once I have cut them and scooped out the yolk into a separate dish, I alternate adding dollops of mayonnaise and mustard/shakes of salt and pepper until the “deviled” mixture is whipped and creamy with a sweeter taste (compared to the more sour taste a mustard-heavy mix can have). I return the newly concocted yolk to its original egg-home and top with a pinch of paprika. Now, some folks like to add relish, pickles, Worcestershire, or even Tony Chachere’s, but keeping in mind the picky eaters in my family–namely my brother and myself–I keep the mixture pretty simple. It’s all about personal preference, and that’s what makes it so easy!

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Don’t forget to count your blessings this Thanksgiving guys! Have a good one!

Dress: Blu Spero; Piko; Forever 21; Forever 21; Nordstrom Rack; H&M

Scarf: Change Clothes; Target; ModCloth

Boots: Nordstrom; Free People; Forever 21

To Tame Flyaways/aka what I should have put in my hair the morning before taking these pictures lol: Eva NYC Get Glossed Hair Serum

Thanksgiving Outfit Inspo with Ava and Joy

Happy Weekend lovlies!

I’ll finally be catching literally the tiniest break from my schoolwork this week since one of my three classes won’t be meeting on campus. (It’s about an hour commute there and back for me.) I’m hoping to be able to head home a day early for some extra R&R with my family!

In the meantime, I’ve teamed up with Ava & Joy–a boutique out of Dallas, Texas–to create a fun and trendy outfit perfect for all the turkey-eating and football-watching you could possibly do on Thanksgiving Day!

I want to point out how impressed I am with the quality of the pieces! The fit of the jeans, especially. They are SO comfortable, but I could tell that they are durable as well. I feel like the price point is perfect. I even washed and dried the top, which is knit material, and it had ZERO snags, loose threads, anything that usually (and unfortunately) happens when you wash and dry a knit shirt. The shirt can be worn off-the-shoulder because it’s got a T-strap in the back, but I prefer the way it fits normally. I felt so cute and comfortable in these pieces!

Everything is linked at the bottom (:

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Top: Ava and Joy

Jeans: Ava and Joy

Booties: Blu Spero (formerly Apricot Lane); UrbanOg; Charlotte Russe; Forever 21

Bracelets: Frock Candy [You can call or DM on Insta either of their Baton Rouge locations and get them to send pictures of Erimish bracelet stacks they have available. I also have asked them before to just make me a stack they personally like because I’m awful at decisions when I have too many options!]

Necklaces: Hemline Towne Center; Kendra Scott; Frock Candy; Forever 21; Aldo; Francesca’s

Lipstick: Revlon Ultra Matte HD in Addiction

Nails: Essie No More Film

Photographer: Kelsey Coste

fall neutrals

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We’ve had a little bit of rain here in Baton Rouge the last couple of days but overall the weather has been pretty great! Temperatures are finally starting to drop, but boy am I ready for it to be BRRRRR! cold. In the mean time, I’m trying to quench my thirst for colder weather by adding a few fun fall pieces here and there to my wardrobe a-la these Steve Madden over-the-knee boots. A really fun way to add some more warmth-factor to this look would be to throw on a neutral-colored leather jacket or even an olive green utility jacket.

I’ve been having so much fun these last couple of weeks since the weeks prior were so hectic and stressful. Spending my down-time wisely is key for me to unwind after too many busy days in a row. If you guys are not familiar with the Voodoo Music + Arts Festival in New Orleans, LA, it’s worth acquainting yourselves! This was my second time attending and the artist lineup was insane!  From pinot-popsicles to epic costumes, it was the best weekend I’ve had in a long time. I have a couple of recap pics on my Insta: @limerenceandluck

Check it out!

Everything is linked below!

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Necklace: Mine is from Baublebar, but you can get a similar and less expensive version here.

Dress: a couple of seasons ago from Francesca’s. But here are some similar: Francesca’s; ShopBop; Urban Outfitters; Forever 21; Salt Pines; Tilly’s

Boots: Nordstrom; Charlotte Russe