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,

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,

A Grand Inheritance

Mirrored End Table

Lamp

One of the perks of getting married is that my parents have offered my fiance and I some furniture for our future home. We are currently in Florida visiting our families and meeting with our wedding planners to get things done before the big day. Amongst the things coming back to Raleigh with us are two gorgeous mirrored end tables and a beautiful glass lamp with an embellished lampshade. I can’t wait to add these to our growing collection of furniture, and I am looking forward to our IKEA adventure tomorrow! Hopefully we will exit IKEA with plenty of tea lights in hand (wedding must-haves) and a bookshelf to transform into this beautiful little piece I saw on Little Lessy :

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Here’s hoping the end result will be beautiful!

XOXO,

Monochromatic

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Top: Cotton On, Pants: ASOS, Shoes: Stuart Weitzman, Handbag: Botkier, Necklace: Vintage, Arm Candy: Bella Perlina, Sage K & Co., Vintage

We finally made it Florida and had our first meeting with the wedding planner today!  Despite the Florida heat, I couldn’t resist dabbling in a monochromatic scheme.  I paired my flowy black chiffon top with black skinnies for an unbelievably comfortable outfit that made my busy day oh so enjoyable.  I am also learning to love wearing multiple bracelets with outfits – especially those that need a little pizzazz. I can’t wait to try some more monochromatic outfits this fall and winter!

XOXO,

Let It All Out

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Top: Thifted, Skirt: Target, Clutch: BCBG Max Azria, Bracelet: Sage K & Co., Earrings: Nordstrom

Some days you just want to be ridiculously and unapologetically comfortable, and today was one of those days.  The paradoxical Raleigh, NC weather has left me slightly stumped when choosing outfits, but today was one of the last truly summery days.  To celebrate the end of summer, I decided to pull out my sheer mini/maxi skirt and layer a sleeveless denim button-up over it.  Though my jewelry was decidedly minimal, I couldn’t resist the urge to spruce my outfit up a bit with my favorite clutch- a cheetah print sequined envelope clutch from BCBG Max Azria.  What can I say?  I just can’t resist adding a little sparkle to any outfit!

XOXO,

A New Week, A New Outfit

Thakoon

Baubles

Dress: Thakoon for Target (reeeally old), Military Jacket: Roxy, Belt: Calvin Klein, Shoes: Target,  Sunnies: Cole Haan, Handbag: Louis Vuitton, Bracelets: Juicy Couture, Sage K & Co., Bella Perlina, Zahav

With a new week comes renewed health and a new outfit.  Now, almost all of these pieces are ones I have had for a loooong time now, but I was definitely in the mood to toughen up my favorite Thakoon for Target dress, which is new for me.  Even though it is starting to feel like fall, the weather is not exactly leather jacket friendly yet here, so I figured a 3/4 sleeve military jacket would complement my dress in this semi-heat.  Even though I love this Roxy jacket (leftover from my days as a Quiksilver employee), I seriously want an olive anorak.  Maybe that will be my next purchase… who knows?

XOXO,

Find of the Week

This past week, I ventured to one of my favorite consignment shops in the area to kill some time, and I found something every girl needs: gorgeous black flats.  Not only were these flats beautiful, but they were brand new Stuart Weitzman black mary jane flats.  I tried them on just to see if they would fit and they were perfect!  I was certainly surprised when I found out that they were only $30 (lucky day for me, huh?!).  Thanks to my wonderful find, my transition into a fall wardrobe will be that much easier, and I’m sure I will get much loving wear out of these beautiful shoes:

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XOXO,

Photos from Stuart Weitzman

Good Things Come to Those Who Wait

Consignment shops are one of my favorite places to snag beautiful pieces at bargain basement prices.  My favorite one is a mere 2 minutes away from my apartment, and I frequent it so much that the employees there know me by name.  I stumbled upon a beautiful, brand new black DVF clutch there a few weeks ago and, after weeks of waiting for the price to drop and hoping it stayed on the shelf, I have finally secured it!  I justified the $90 spent on it by figuring that I can use it as my clutch at my wedding in March (Insert the Carrie Bradshaw sentiment: “If I want a ridiculously extravagant pair of shoes, I find a way to buy them“).  Needless to say, I am thrilled that patience paid off; and of course it helped that most people in this town have never even heard of Diane von Furstenberg.  So, here it is:
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DVF Tonda Coil Clutch- Retail price: $395, My purchasing price: $90

Do you love it or do you LOVE it?!

XOXO,

Photo credit: DVF

For the Love of Scarves

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Shirt: Cotton On, Cami: vintage, Jeans: Lauren Conrad

Scarf and brooch: vintage, Earrings: Carolee, Shoes: Target, Handbag: Coach

Summer usually isn’t the best time to try to incorporate a scarf into your outfit, but thankfully I have finally found a way to!  I’ve pinned my vintage silk scarf to my shirt with a beautiful pearl brooch I found at a local antique store.  This way, my neck stays cool and sweat-free in the humid North Carolina weather, and my scarf doesn’t end up looking over 50 different ways over the course of my day!

Happy weekend guys.  Have a dance party:

XOXO,

Outfit of the Day!

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Shirt: thrifted Van Heusen,  Skirt: Lily White via Nordstrom,

Earrings: vintage, Shoes: BCBG, Handbag: Botkier, Belt: Calvin Klein

I’m definitely falling in love with the oversized oxford and huge blue rhinestone clip-on earrings I thrifted!  I just love finding oversized and/or super sparkly vintage jewelry.  What can I say? I’m a sucker for almost anything sparkly.

What do you think?

XOXO,

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