New and Improved… and Moving!

Sugar & Shine

So, I have some fabulous news… Lauren Kilpatrick is MOVING!  Redesign has been on my mind for a while now, and the youth of this blog makes this possible and practically easy.  Sooooo, the new name is Sugar & Shine and it is located at sugarandshineblog.wordpress.com !  Wordpress doesn’t let me change the name and url of this blog to make it so you don’t have to follow a new blog, so all my followers will have to go to the new site and follow my blog from there.  Either way, all of the previous content is on there already, along with the redesign.  If you want to keep getting posts from me, all the new ones will be on Sugar & Shine  (new post coming today!) 🙂

See you guys there!

XOXO,

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Add a Little Bootie

Sweater: Kohls, Jeans: LC Lauren Conrad, Handbag: BCBGeneration, Booties: Isola, Pin: Vintage

I have loved the pairing of boyfriend jeans and booties since I first saw it in Sex and the City: The Movie.  Since leaving my lifelong home of Florida for North Carolina, I have been able to try the pairing myself, and I have to say that I am definitely digging it (Yes, I did say DIGGING it 😉 ).  Lately, I have been experimenting with pinning brooches to the seaming of my sweaters to jazz them up as an alternative to a statement necklace, another pairing I am loving as well.  Here’s to hoping that this season brings new ideas, creations, pairings, clothes, and smiles.

XOXO,

Making Cozy Chic

Cozy Chic

Cozy Chic

Cozy Chic

Waffle Henley: J Crew, Jeans: J Crew (similar here), Army Jacket: J Crew (thrifted), Handbag: Halogen, Flats: Target, Monogram Necklace: Blue Nile

With fall weather comes a handful of dreary days that make you want to wear sweatpants all day. Though you may be inclined to stay inside, most, unfortunately, do not have the luxury of avoiding bad weather by bunkering down in their home. These are the days when one of the biggest challenges awaits: making comfortable clothing chic. I ditched my sweatpants and tee for a J Crew ensemble that has enough textural contrast to keep it interesting. My outfit choices not only kept me comfortable, but they potentially saved other items in my closet, like my calf skin leopard flats, from being ruined by the rain.

XOXO,

Boyfriend

Shirt: Roxy, Jacket: Target, Jeans: LC Lauren Conrad, Tank: Target, Shoes: Croft & Barrow, Sunnies: Gucci

Fall officially arrived in Raleigh while I was down in Florida, and I am so excited to transition into full-on fall now!  I chose to dress warmly today in an outfit that screams “half of these clothes could be my boyfriend’s”; well, they might if I was dating a hipster.  This outfit makes me feel confident and beautiful, which is just the way I like it.  I did get a little silly today during the shoot (hence the last photo), but girls just want to have fun, right?

XOXO,

Gone Too Long

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The few days have been a bit rough, but I will be back soon (very soon actually)!  Thankfully, my sorrows have been cured via shopping therapy, and I cannot wait to share all my beautiful finds – more like steals – with you guys!  For now, I’ll just leave you with a photo that features a vintage ring that my mother gave me years and years ago.  I love it and I am so thrilled that I found it while packing for Florida!

XOXO,

Phillip Lim for Target

Phillip Lim for Target Lookbook

I always get excited when I hear about Target’s collaborations with designers.  Though some fall short of expectations, most of them provide beautiful clothing at great prices.  Given this, I was absolutely thrilled to hear that Phillip Lim is the next designer Target is collaborating with!  I’ve had a chance to check out the lookbook already and have found some fantastic pieces that I am currently coveting, and will hopefully own soon after the line launches on September 15th.  One thing I love about this collection is that the pieces can easily fit into one’s wardrobe because it is a mixture of basics and trendy pieces.

Some of my favorites:

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If you are going to buy anything from this line, definitely make it one of the handbags!  I love that this handbag is a nod to the design of Celine’s signature handbag.

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This collaboration seems to be the talk of the fashion blogosphere right now, so if  you plan of purchasing a piece from this collection, don’t dilly-dally on September 15th 😉

XOXO,

All photos are from: http://philliplim.tgtlookbook.com/# and have been edited by myself; I do not claim the rights to these photos

Paint the Town, I Mean Your Lips, RED

Fall always beckons a new set of trends, whether it’s fur vs no fur, silhouettes, or prints, but one of my favorite trends for this fall is the reemergence of the red lip.  Though timeless and classic, the red lip can, and often does, go wrong.  It may take a little tweaking and forethought at first, but wearing red lipstick can be easy as pie once you get the hang of it.

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The preparation: Make sure that your lips are conditioned when wearing lipstick.  This general rule will help your lipstick look smoother and last longer.

Don’t forget the first step: LINE THOSE LIPS!  Lip liner is crucial when wearing red lipstick.  Liner helps keep the color from bleeding outside of your lips, which means you won’t end up looking like the Joker at the end of a long day.  Try to match your liner as best as you can to your lip color or go for a neutral lip liner.  Don’t forget that the color of your lip liner will affect the shade of your final product, so try a few combinations to see what works best for you.

The color: For this fall’s trend, steer clear of the orangey-reds and go for crimson or purple-red shades that complement your complexion.  These colors tend to be more flattering on most complexions, unlike orangey reds.  If you want to be a bit daring, try a plum lipstick, but make sure that it isn’t so dark that it makes your face look flushed.

What do you think? Are you going to add some va-va-voom to your fall wardrobe with a red lip?

XOXO,

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