Pop of Purple + Getting Personal

I love sharing. Sharing my outfits and my obsessions with you guys is what I love doing.

This post was just going to be a simple post talking about this look, but when I sat down to write about the clothes, it didn’t seem authentic and there was something more serious I needed to voice.

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What a week. A week that went too fast and too slow at the same time. There’s something I wanted to share with you all that I don’t talk about. This is as out of place for me as posting on a Saturday. But here I am, doing both.

I’m not sure how many of you follow me on Instagram, but if you do, you may have noticed that I haven’t posted on there in almost a week, which I haven’t done in years! It’s been that kind of week. I don’t talk a whole lot on my personal life, because honestly I don’t think my life is all that interesting, I’m a real life couch potato. I love fashion and I love that it’s my thing that can set me apart from everyone else and it’s an outlet for creativity. But I feel like I can end up hiding behind my blog. Sometimes it can be all about the clothes and I forget to take care of the person that’s underneath them. Me, Laura. I deal heavily with anxiety and a lot of people don’t know that about me. I hide it and I’m comfortable hiding it because then it means I don’t have to talk about it. Anxiety is such raw subject and it shouldn’t be played off lightly. It’s real. It sucks. It’s exhausting.

This week, my anxiety has been the most prominent it has been in a while. It’s like knowing your worst enemy is coming into town and trying to avoid them at all costs but every corner you turn, they’re there. I can honestly say stepping back and actually taking a break, no posting anywhere has really helped me. I sometimes forget that I’m the one that’s in control of myself, if that makes sense. I forget that I have the authority to say, “Laura, step back breath and just rest” and I’ve just taken time to myself this week.  Please remember to take care of yourself before anyone else.

Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for. – 1 Peter 5:7
Know that there is always someone out there that cares for you and you mean so much to this world.

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HOUSE OF SUNNY top (more sizes here)| DO + BE skirt | CHANEL heels (vintage) | QUAY sunglasses |ASOS hoops | CASIO watch | vintage bag

Talk of the Town

I’ve lived in a small town in Southwest Louisiana for about 9 years now. I’ve gone through waves of hating living in a small town to now calling this small town most likely my forever home.

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Since starting my blog almost 4 years ago (I think that’s what we’re at now…I’ve lost track), my little town has evolved so much and is continuing to do so. From meeting like minded individuals to supporting different “brands” in town, it’s cool seeing people putting themselves on the map of fashion, photography, art, etc.

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Even though I keep to myself and I’m not a very social person, I love to support people when I can. A good friend of ours, Clark (the guy that shot our wedding video) recently came out with an awesome clothing line. It’s so cool to see someone have a vision and bring it to life, even in a small town with not many “resources”. He knocked it out of the park with the launch of this line and makes me even more proud to live in a town that is showing more creativity.

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I don’t know about any of you that have lived in a small town, but I feel that everyone goes through the waves of wanting to get out, in some type of way. Now, I’m not saying I live in a town with a population of 500 where there’s absolutely nothing, but it would be considered a small town. In high school I always dreamed of moving and getting out the town where everyone knew your name and knew everything about you, or so it seemed.

I thought if I stayed in this town I wouldn’t ever make anything of myself. After high school, when I decided not to go to college and focus on what I wanted to do, it became more and more prevalent that it wasn’t the town holding me back, but myself thinking the town was holding me back. After realizing this is where I’m supposed to stay and build my family and my life, I became more content with the diversity of my fashion and my outlook. Yeah, I may get weird looks when I’m shooting looks downtown, but what have I got to lose? And maybe those people aren’t looking at me in disapprovement but rather in curiosity. I do my own thing because it makes me happy and hopefully shows other people it’s okay to be different and it’s okay to live in a small town with big dreams. You’re the only one holding yourself back.

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337 SUPPLY tee | H&M pants (similar)| DOLCE VITA shoes (similar)| H&M bag (similar)

Too Late

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You know those pieces that you think would look great for an event or for an outfit after it’s happened? That’s what I thought now that Christmas is well passed and I didn’t wear this top. It would’ve been the perfect Christmas top, but now it’s making its appearance as an edgy January look.

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A little background of this look, and also the one before. A couple of weeks ago I planned to shoot this look and the look that was posted before this one after church. I had tried on the looks and put them in my car to shoot. Then Mason and I went downtown to shoot and we tried to shoot BOTH looks but they both turned out awful. Ever have those outfits that look good at home and terrible in the outside world? These were those.

I had some flowy pants with this look that ended up just making me look like a clown. I went home and totally changed the look, and this outfit came out to be one of my new favorite outfits. Buuuut, then I realized I probably should’ve tied the fabric behind me. Hey, it’s a new look and I made it my own.

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Speaking of this top, I always love an “updated” classic top. I don’t consider myself sexy at all, but the bustier built-into the top gives a sexy and edgy feel to a classic top. Alpha & Omega has been one of my favorite new brands, new to me at least. They do such fun and chic pieces, always looking for my next piece to buy from them.

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I threw on my chunky combat boots to add to that rough look and my leather jacket was a no brainer for this look.

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ALPHA & OMEGA top | NASTY GAL pants (similar) | MANGO jacket
H&M boots (similar) |FRAISER STERLING name necklace | ASOS baker boy hat

Ruffled

I live for a good statement top. My first choice of outfit is a blouse and jeans, but I don’t want the look to be basic. This Alpha & Omega top really is a mullet top, but in a super chic way.  I’ve never seen a top like this and it’s definitely eye-catching, but it’s not too over the top because it’s a soft peachy nude shade.

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I paired my frayed, almost flared, jeans to balance the look. I feel like just doing a regular skinny jean with the outfit would end up being too top heavy. The frayed added movement and volume to the bottom half so your eyes follow the whole look rather than just being focused on the top. fullsizeoutput_6983fullsizeoutput_6980fullsizeoutput_6989fullsizeoutput_6990fullsizeoutput_6998fullsizeoutput_6994fullsizeoutput_69a6fullsizeoutput_69a5fullsizeoutput_699cfullsizeoutput_69aafullsizeoutput_69abfullsizeoutput_69b1

The black booties add that sleek and edgy part to the flouncy look. Although this top is definitely a show stopper, because it’s just in the back and it’s a neutral color, the metallic bag adds a pop color with out actually being an in your face color.

ALPHA AND OMEGA top | FOREVER 21 denim (similar)| H&M sleeveless turtleneck (similar)| BCBGENERATION boots (similar) | LIONEL handbag

Rainbow

I honestly don’t think I’ve ever worn this much color ever in my life. I’m probably breaking some sort of “fashion rules” with this look but I wanted to try some experimenting. 

I’ve been dying to find the perfect striped sweater since last fall. I love this Free People one because it’s not the bright rainbow one you usually see and it’s lightweight. I like that the colors are more muted, so it’s not too over the top for fall.

I paired the sweater with these awesome mustard yellow pants that I’ll be wearing all season. They were only $16 and they fit in all the right places. I got them in 2 colors!

Fishnets: definitely not me, but make me feel cool. I would never do full fishnet tights, that’s just not my style, but I think adding them underneath a classic heel adds a little bit of edge.

FREE PEOPLE sweater | FOREVER 21 pants | A NEW DAY heels | FOREVER 21 socks | BAG (Marshall’s) | HRH COLLECTION Sunglasses chain 

3 Fall Accessories I’m Loving

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HRH Collection

You know that one thing you never thought you needed, but once you have it, it makes your life so much better? This sunglasses chain is that for me. It’s a subtle piece but is so chic and classic and adds an elegant vintage touch. I love that each style is named after an old Hollywood star.

2. All the Talk Earrings

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Monki earrings

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I only recently started to get into wearing jewelry, especially earrings, in the past couple of months. I used to go years without wearing earrings. I’ve kind of realized the importance of adding that statement accessory to an outfit to make it more elevated and fun.

Other styles I’m loving:

ASOS XL Tassel Mismatch Earrings
Love the mixed earring trend! Asos $16

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Baublebar $48

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Fraiser Sterling Fake Love Earrings $33

 

3. Hats Off

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Asos Baker Boy hat $26

If you want to get a hat this fall/winter season, I say go for the Baker Boy style. It’s adds a great masculine and cozy feel to a look. I love the beret look, but on other people. I feel like the beret can come off as kind of like a costume piece if you’re not careful. I’m sticking with my Baker Boy hat for this season for the perfect casual element.