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,

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,

A Classic Sunday

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Top: Cotton On, Skirt: Jennifer Lopez, Shoes: Stuart Weitzman, Handbag: Vintage, Pin (on handbag): Lauren Kilpatrick, Bracelets: Juicy Couture, Sage K & Co., Earrings: Betsey Johnson

I bought this skirt forever ago and have been longing to wear it, but my perpetual fear of ruining white clothing has prevented me from donning it until this Sunday.  The weather has been beautiful lately, and for some reason fall always makes me want to wear classic outfits, so I decided to pay homage to the classics.  Recently, I have lost a decent amount of weight due to some health issues, which has presented a problem in the fit of my clothes, but I have learned to love tucking shirts in!

XOXO,

Wedding Sneak Peak

T-minus 5 1/2 months until wedding day!  All summer I have been scrambling to finish most of the wedding preparations so I wouldn’t be distracted once classes began again, and I think I’ve done pretty well!  I’m excited to share some of my wedding mood boards with you guys.  Some of the pictures are mine, some are inspiration, and some (particularly the two largest ceremony board photos and the reception location photos) are from our vendors:

Wedding Ceremony Mood Board

Wedding Ceremony Mood Board

Reception Decor Mood Board

Reception Decor Mood Board

Wedding Details Mood Board

Wedding Details Mood Board

I wanted to post my bridal inspiration board, but I don’t know if my fiance will be snooping around here, so here’s a picture of my reception earrings:

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Viva la glam!  I am absolutely in love with these earrings and CANNOT wait to wear them at our wedding reception.  5 1/2 months and counting!

XOXO,

Satin Sunday

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Top: vintage slip, Pants: Mossimo (old)

Shoes: Christian Siriano for Payless, Earrings: vintage, Bag: Botkier

I wish I had photos that did this outfit justice, I really do.  I decided to pair slouchy beige satin trousers with a vintage satin tank to keep it simple this Sunday.  I thought that the heels were simple enough to work well with the outfit, but not overwhelming.  I’m not usually a Payless kind of girl, but I am definitely thankful that I have been able to reuse these pumps that I bought for my brother’s wedding.  Trust me, it’s far easier to reuse bridesmaid shoes than a bridesmaid’s dress.

P.S. Photos were taken pre-hairstyling, so that accounts for the crazy wet hair in the pictures

XOXO,

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,

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,

Happy Blog Birthday To Me!

Well, this is my first blog post on here, and let me just say that I am so ecstatic about it!  I’ve been waiting for a good time to start a style blog, and let me just say that there is no “good time” so I’m just jumping into it!

Here are a few things about me:

  • I’m getting married in March 2014
  • I am completely and totally in love with Sex and the City
  • I love quirky outfits and whimsical details
  • I’ve had a Vogue subscription since middle school
  • I just started my own vintage redesign business on Etsy
  • I love sea turtles!
  • Clutches are my new favorite handbag
  • Graphic design is quickly becoming one of my favorite things to do!

Anyway, my first post will just showcase one of my favorite vintage redesigns, which I love so much that I kept it instead of putting it in my store!

Vintage clutch with a handcrafted painted feather brooch and vintage black velvet bow detail

Vintage clutch with a handcrafted painted feather brooch and vintage black velvet bow detail

Honestly, I’m obsessed with the pin, which is HUGE, and totally makes the clutch unique.

What do you think?

Xoxo,

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