Buttercup

Long time no blog post…I feel like I say that a lot but it’s always good for me to take a break and kind of re-group my thoughts. Taking little breaks definitely help with gathering motivation and inspiration.

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I’ve been putting off uploading this look because #bloggerfail, nothing in this look is available. But for me, I don’t always go to blogger’s sites to get exactly what they’re wearing, but more for inspiration. I picked up this dress at Topshop at The Galleria in Houston and it was on sale which made it even more perfect.

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This dress is a “me” dress and it’s the epitome of the style I’m going for this spring. I’m so excited to pull out some pretty and girly spring looks for you guys, so stay tuned!

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TOPSHOP dress | MONKI earrings | A NEW DAY heels | ALLSAINTS bag

Lovely layers

I’m going to take a moment and appreciate the 65 degree weather today in Louisiana. It doesn’t happen often.

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Light layering is a necessity during this time. I added a sleeveless turtleneck under this moody floral dress from Tobi to add some coverage and give it a cozier feel. I added a light colored bag and boots, to keep the look fresh while it’s still that transitional weather. I also added these statement fringe earrings and oval sunnies to give the floral dress a vintage vibe.

Shop the dress here:

Tobi Dress (get it for $40!) | PUBLIC DESIRE boots | vintage bag

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My Tattoos + Their Stories

I can’t believe I haven’t done this post before! I got my first tattoo about 3 1/2 years ago. It really does become addicting, but not in a bad way. The feeling of getting a tattoo feels like an extension of myself. Whenever I see the next tattoo I want, I know it belongs on my body. I recently just added my fourth tattoo 2 weeks ago. I don’t plan on getting anymore for a little while, so I though I’d share with you what I have.

1. Baby’s Breath

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This little beauty is my newest addition. It was kind of a last minute idea, but I absolutely love it! Mason and I both got this tattoo in the same spot when we visited Destin, FL two weeks ago. We had been wanting to get matching tattoos since the wedding, but couldn’t agree on the same thing. Until the morning we decided to go get our tattoos, we were thinking of getting something with baby’s breath. We loved the idea because it was our wedding flowers (p.s. our wedding pictures and video will be coming to the blog soon!) and then I did research on the actual meaning of the delicate flower.

Here’s a few of the meanings the flower holds:
1. Everlasting and undying love; whether it’s a spouse, family, or platonic.

This spoke to me obviously because I just got married but because I also gained a new love for Mason’s side of the family, and I’ve been focusing more on love in general. Always think in love.

2.  Pureness and freedom from outside corruption and also a tie into the Christian Faith.

This to me means like to live in the world but not of it. To me, it’s a reminder to not fall into things that consumes people. Being a “blogger” especially in fashion, I feel like it can be hard not to get caught up in things. Not saying social media or fashion is a bad things, but I stay focused on not letting it consume me and not getting caught up in material things. It’s also a reminder to stay true to my faith and not engage in things that don’t help me grow in my faith.

3.. Self discipline and focusing on love.

I have recently been reading the daily “guide” called Only Love Today. It’s really just a great reminder every day to slow down, breath, and lean on love instead of negativity and hate. It’s hard sometimes to do that, but that’s where self discipline is needed in my daily walk.

All of that ties into where I’m at in my life right now, and a great reminder through out my life to love more.

2. Be Still.

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Another daily reminder for me to be able to stop and look at and re-evaluate. This tattoo’s based off of the verse “Be still, and know that I am God”- Psalm 46:10. This was my 3rd tattoo and during this season of my life last year, when I got this tattoo, it was really all about humbling myself and really letting go of things I couldn’t control and to trust God. Even the littlest trials are a “strength training” exercise and is needed for growth.

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The ampersand is definitely a trendy tattoo that I’ve seen on a lot of people. But, I love the meaning behind it. If you want an in-depth version of the meaning, check this article out here. But to sum it up, it’s about personal growth, staying hopeful, and staying true to yourself.

4. Love

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My very first tattoo. It’s hard to say which tattoo is my favorite, but this is the “coolest” one to me. If you know me in my personal life you’ll know my favorite band is The 1975. Well, this is the lead singers writing that he wrote in a notebook I had the band sign when I did a meet and greet. Now, before you say it’s pathetic, I don’t have the tattoo because it’s his handwriting, but because of everything 2014 held for me. So many things happened that year that helped me learn who I was and really love myself. I graduated high school in 2014 and in my senior year, I felt like I really stopped caring what everyone thought, and really found out who I was. I also announced I had my blog (about a year after I had actually started posting), and really let my blog go and be very vulnerable and expose to people what I was passionate about. I met Mason in 2014…he’s my husband now, need I say more? And lastly, I just had fun. I was a kid still and just wanted to embrace it. My friends and I went on a road trip and went to 3 Texas shows for The 1975 and that’s when we got to meet them. When we got home from those 3 days, my friend Sarah and I decided to take a spontaneous trip to New Orleans, to maybe just maybe run into them again. Well, long story short, we did. I’ll spare myself the awkward photos and stories, but it was fun and I’ll always hold 2014 close to me.

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Tattoos aren’t for everyone and people have some many different opinions on them. I use these pieces of art as reminders and memories that I’ll always be able to hold onto. I don’t regret any of them and love all of the stories that come along with each piece ♥

Tropical & Floral- My Wedding Shower

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Dress // Lush Clothing

Mason and I are very simple people and our shower turned out so amazing and fit our style perfectly. I decided I wanted Mason by my side at the shower, and to not just have a “bridal shower”. Our wedding is his special day too and I wanted to be able to celebrate our shower together.

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Our friends and family put so much thought into our shower and it meant so much to us! Everything was so personal to us with our favorites; like the baby’s breath, pineapples, and the white and gold accents.

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Having our shower made me even more excited to marry Mason! We have everything that we were showered with set up in the apartment (that I can’t wait to move into and show you!). I feel like I can’t say thank you enough to the people around us that love and support us for putting together this beautiful shower.

Only 12 weeks to go until Mason and I say ‘I Do’!

#WedtoWare

Moody Floral

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And just like that it’s May, and it’s now double digits until the wedding! Feeling every kind of emotion at the moment, and I feel sorry for everyone around me, lol!

This spring has been so different and fun for me. I’m loving being engaged, and this spring I’ve had an unexpected style evolution happening, if you haven’t noticed.

I’ve stepped away from my all monochromatic looks and really have delved into the world of colors. I’m even wearing colors I never thought I would, like candy apple red. I always thought it was too loud for my style, but recently I’ve been so drawn to the color.

I’m loving the pop of red in accessories, like these heels and I just recently purchased the perfect little red bag. And I also love little flecks of it in prints, like this floral top. Mixed with the black, it creates a moody and romantic vibe.

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photos by mason ware

FOREVER 21 TOP | OLD NAVY JEANS | H&M HEELS | REBECCA MINKOFF BAG (SIMILAR)| HINGE HAT | BP BRACELET | CASIO WATCH

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I haven’t always been the biggest floral fan. But I fell in love with the shape of this dress, and the detailing, and totally looked past the floral. I’m easing my way into florals, I mean it’s spring now after all.

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Photos by Mason Ware

This dress has a very boho vibe, and it’s a little fancier than most dresses I go for. But I wanted to make it more ‘street style’ approved and understated, so I paired it with one of my favorite pairs of sneakers. I also love that the floral is darker, so it’s not over the top girly.

How to keep your florals edgy:

  1. Go darker- opt for darker or more muted florals, or black and white.
  2. Add an unexpected piece- whether it be an edgy jacket (like a leather moto or a bomber jacket), or an unexpected shoe- like sneakers or  cool booties.
  3. Play with accessories- play with cool sunnies, and opt for jewelry like a mens-style watch, or chokers, also…a good neck scarf never hurt anyone 😉
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Have a great day everyone!
-Laura

Dress- Free People | Shoes- Vans | Bag- Rebecca Minkoff

Also, be sure to check out the April issue of Marie Claire to see me! Such a crazy opportunity that I wouldn’t have been able to do without my faithful readers!

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