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,

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,

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,

Six Under $50: Fall Staples

Six Under Fifty

1. Bauble Bar $44, 2. ASOS $37, 3. H&M $15, 4. H&M $18, 5. ASOS $30, 6. Bauble Bar $34

Beautiful, timeless pieces are certainly worth a financial investment, but too often trends come and go and are not worth spending extravagant amounts of money on.  Here, I have found 6 fabulous pieces for Fall 2013 that are sure to please a crowd, and your wallet, and that are trendy but have staying power.  I love them all, but I am particularly fond of the red cheetah print ASOS swing dress, which incorporates a hot Fall 2013 color into an already timeless print.  I am also falling head over heals for graphic tees with typography.  Every time I see a nicely sewn tee with a witty saying or foreign phrase, I find myself reaching for my wallet!

XOXO,

3.1 Phillip Lim for Target (for real)

As you all know, the 3.1 Phillip Lim for Target line has absolutely FLOWN off the shelves.  I even think a majority of the handbags were completely sold out online within a few hours.  I have learned that living in a smaller suburb does have its advantages, though, because I was able to snag some of the bags!

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I have to say that my favorite piece of clothing from the collection is the navy and green sweater.  Unfortunately, I did not buy it immediately and missed out on adding it to my closet (sad day).

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Photo credit: Black Tote, Yellow Mini Satchel

Top: 3.1 Phillip Lim for Target, Harem Pants: Target, Shoes: Vince Camuto

So what do you think? Should I keep the weekender tote or not?

XOXO,

A New Week, A New Outfit

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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,

NYFW: Mid-Week Musings

So, let’s all be a little bit honest, it is ridiculously difficult to focus on one’s own fashion blog when New York Fashion Week is going on.  I find myself checking Instagram and Twitter twice as often, and I end up reading my Bloglovin’ feed more than once a day (because there is plenty to read this week).  Combine that with being sick and you end up with a pretty sad looking week for outfits, but a wonderful week for some NYFW recon.  So far, I am loving what I’m seeing!

Favorite collections so far: Zimmermann and Monique Lhullier (!) .  I have to say that I am loving what I’m seeing for Spring 2014!  I’m excited about the return of bright colors AND pastels, especially PINKS!!! (<- remember that come spring)

Here are some of my favorite Instagram pics from NYFW so far:

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Definitely loving the tribal print dress.

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Pink is back at Cynthia Rowley!

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More pink!

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Damsel in Dior is one of my all-time favorite fashion bloggers, and I am loving all of the pictures she has been posting so far!

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In love with the Damsel’s black and white grid top.

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Now, the fun isn’t over quite yet, so be sure to keep up with all the action!

Great Instagram NYFW coverage: Damsel in Dior, Harper’s Bazaar US, Blair Eadie, Tibi PR

What collections are you loving so far?

XOXO,

 

Shop ‘Til You Drop

Over the last few months I have been introduced to some fabulous and new, to me, shops that have changed my shopping perspective.  As a twenty-something, I have realized that this is the time when a wardrobe shift is needed and now is the time to begin building a fabulous and timeless closet.  This effort has resulted in the search for good quality pieces that are worth the investment, and even some competitively priced fun pieces 😉 .  Over the course of my wardrobe journey, I have stumbled upon a few shops that are making my huge shift, on a small budget, possible.

1) ASOS

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Those who love fashion already know the name ASOS, but I have only recently discovered it (and LOVE IT)!  This online store carries a variety of brands, but I personally prefer their own brand.  ASOS takes high fashion trends and fashion forecasting and creates quality garments and accessories that don’t break the bank.  It is a fantastic place to find wardrobe staples, like the black skinnies I just purchased for $20!  Another plus: FREE shipping and FREE returns.  Seriously, you cannot pass this one up.  

2) Bauble Bar

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If you love jewelry, this is the place for you!  They carry beautiful pieces at affordable prices, and they often have sales where you can snag select bracelets for $10 or a necklace for $20.  Like ASOS, they offer FREE shipping and FREE returns.  Talk about a girl’s dream.

3) Stella & Dot

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This is a prime spot for affordable accessories, and I’m sure you’ve seen their bracelets featured in many fashion blog posts across the board (especially their renegade cluster bracelet).  Though the price point is slightly higher than that of Bauble Bar, they tend to offer classic pieces that are worth the investment.

4) Poshmark

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Poshmark is one of the best organized re-sell portals I have seen.  The site mainly operates via an app for your phone (iPhone only for the time being, but an Android app is coming soon), where you can easily list and buy new and used items.  The items range from Roxy to Rodarte, from American Eagle to Valentino; honestly, the sky is the limit on Poshmark.  Shipping may not be free, but it is definitely low enough to make it worth it, and some sellers will bundle items so you can save on shipping.  Another plus, the app allows you to comment on the item and possibly haggle the price down.

That’s my list so far, but I cannot wait to find new, affordable places to shop!  Any suggestions?

XOXO,

Phillip Lim for Target

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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

September

Harper's September Issue 2013

There are two words that instantly make my heart beat a little faster: September Issue.  For fashion magazines, the September issue is the pinnacle of the year.  It usually has the most advertisements, the most eye-catching design, and the best dressed cover model of the entire year.  For fashion enthusiasts, the September issue is the holy grail.  Each magazine’s September issue usually towers above all the others, ranging from a mere 3/4″ to well over 1″ in thickness.  It is this issue that sets the tone for the year; the issue that fashionistas will pour over for hours on end, searching for style inspiration or lusting over furs and handbags.

This year’s September issues, in my opinion, have not been a let down.  The trends of Fall 2013 are right up my alley, and I am keen on trying some new and fabulous ideas this fall and winter.  Here are some of my favorite fall/winter trends for 2013:

  • Opulence: Think feathers, sequins, metallic colors, and all things glittery
  • GOLD: It’s back and better than ever
  • Top-handle bags: Channel your inner Jackie O and jump on this trend
  • Fur: Whether it’s faux or real, fur is definitely IN this season.  A good way to get your hands on the real deal without the ethical implications is to shop for vintage fur.  (Another plus: you can avoid the hefty costs of upkeep by buying vintage furs because they are usually near the end of their lifespan)
  • Red lips: Crimson isn’t the only color on the radar for this fall

What do you think? What are some of your favorite Fall 2013 trends, and how do you want to incorporate them into your style?

XOXO,

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