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

Laura Loves: V. 2

Today I’m coming at you with all of my current must-have favorites, from and electric toothbrush and spray on deodorant to sparkling water. Let me know of any of your current favorites products in the comments!

♥ Laura

Fashion

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Since I picked up both these accessories I’ve been wearing them almost everyday and quite often together. The necklace is dainty and cute and the sunglasses add a chic vintage touch to any look. This style is currently out of stock but I’ve just been loving cat-eye sunglasses in general.

Urban Outfitters Vintage Locket ($18)
Nordstrom BP Sunglasses- sold out 😦

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Coconuts by Matisse ‘Cabana’ Slides ($30)

I’ve been sporting these sandals almost everyday! They’re super comfy and soft, not stiff like most sandals, and I love the silver leather. It makes more of a statement!

Beauty

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Jason Dry Spray Deodorant ($6-$7)

I go back and forth between wanting to go natural with my deodorant or just sticking with the generic. I don’t really sweat under my arms but I like having the protection and helping with odor. We all have heard about how bad regular deodorant is for us, but sometimes convenience, price, and how the product actually works will draw me to regular deodorant. Honestly, regular deodorant does work with odor and sweat but for me, they irritate my under arms and I get clogged pores from them. But, with natural deodorants to keep it short is….they’re overpriced or don’t work which sucks.

I’ve tried a few natural deodorants that were affordable but was disappointed. I decided to give this one a try and I’m really enjoying it! It’s in a spray can which means I can put it on super fast if I’m running out the door, and it goes on clear and also the price is good and I feel like it actually works. Now, the smell isn’t the best, but it’s definitely something I’m able to over look. People take their deodorants seriously and not every deodorant works for everyone, this one has just been working great for me!

BeLive Probiotic Gummies ($15.50): I’m no health guru but when I see results and my body is feeling well, why not share it! I’ve had tummy issues for so long and I deal a lot with bloating, stomach aches and all the other stuff that comes along with that, I won’t go into details. I eat gluten free which helps with a lot of my issues, but I felt like my tummy would still have it’s bad days. Since I’ve started taking these probiotic gummies, I’ve noticed a huge difference. I feel like they help a lot with making digestion easier and just make me feel better. They’re really a good thing to take and even though they’re a gummy they don’t have crazy ingredients, which I like!

Nature’s Bounty Hair, Skin & Nails Vitamin ($10): These vitamins are nothing new and you’ve probably seen them before. I’ve taken these vitamins before but I wasn’t consistent with taking them every day. This time around I’ve been taking them every day along with my probiotic gummies (which help with the absorption of vitamins), and there’s been a huge difference in my skin (texture and not breaking out as much) and my hair has gotten super long and strong. I don’t have any split ends and my hair is noticeably growing longer each day.

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Essence ‘Make Me Brow’ Eyebrow Gel in shade 03 ($3)

This brow gel is a super recent fave but it’s definitely going to be re-purchase! I have really thin and kind of sparse brows so I definitely like to plump them up. I use this gel over top of my Milani Brow Pomade to set everything in place and give more volume. I also love wearing it buy itself when I’m doing little to no makeup, and it’s only $3!

C.Y.O Metallic Eyeshadow in ‘Cooeey’ ($4.50)

Recently, I’ve been super lazy with makeup and doing the bare minimum. Some days I skip eye shadow and just do mascara or I’ll do a one shadow kind of look. I love this bronze shade for an all over the lid look. It adds a nice smokey look but isn’t too intense. I love how at the end of the day this color kind of fades and gives me a soft smokey look. It’s the perfect bronzy shade for summer and again, under $5!

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Fairywill Electric Toothbrush ($25.99)

I feel like you don’t see many favorites that include a toothbrush…I guess this is the grandma in me coming out. What can I say, this toothbrush makes me excited to brush my teeth. It’s okay, you can judge me.

No, but really I love this toothbrush so much. I always thought electric toothbrushes were a gimmick and overpriced. I stumbled upon this one on Amazon and decided to give it a try, the price was good and it had great reviews. I’ve had it for a about 3 months now and I still love it! I get so excited because my teeth actually feel clean. I don’t need to go into specifics about this toothbrush, but I just wanted to share it with you guys if you were in the market for a new toothbrush or curious about this one!

Food

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Sparkling water; either you love it or hate it. Mason absolutely hates sparkling water, but I love it. A lot of people are obsessed with La Croix, but I personally am not a huge fan of it (yes, not all sparkling water is created equally). I’ve been really trying to stay away from diet soda, so I wanted something to help cut the craving for a soda. I picked up some of this sparkling water and it’s been my newest obsession! I haven’t tried all of the flavors but I have tried the Raspberry Lemonade along with the Lemon Lime and I loved both flavors! I’ve been adding fresh lemon and lime to the water to amp up the flavor more, and lemon is also good for digestion.

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My name is Laura and I’m a snacker. I love snacking and actually look forward to the times of the day I’m able to snack, but snacks can get unhealthy really quick. Obviously the healthiest snacks to reach for are fresh fruits and veggies, but sometimes that doesn’t cut it. I need something salty and chip-y. I came across these Skinny Sticks and I have to have a bag stocked at all times! My favorite is the Jalapeño Lime flavor but the Sweet Onion is good as well. Not only are they gluten free but they are vegan as well which makes them healthier and they actually have pretty good ingredients for being a snack.

 

Mood

Yellow is obviously one of the “it” colors of the season and for good reason.

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Yellow is such a cheery color while still being light and not too in your face. I love this pop of yellow paired with white for a fresh feel.

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You might be thinking, ‘Laura, it’s almost 100 degrees outside and you’re wearing a sweater??’. Well…yes. I scooped this vintage Ralph Lauren top up and it’s surprisingly light for a knit and I just couldn’t resist this top with all the cool zipper and button detailing.

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Vintage Ralph Lauren top via ShopGirl-LA | ZARA pants | PUBLIC DESIRE heels (old) | FOREVER 21 sunglasses | LIONEL HANDBAGS bag

Everything Vintage

I’ve been on a vintage kick lately. I love looking for pieces that are perfectly vintage inspired or true vintage pieces. Well, I found the perfect vintage dress if I do say so!

There’s this one antique store downtown that I always find my vintage bags at, like the one in this post, and last weekend I popped in. The one booth I always check out had this little dress just hanging there. I scored this dress for $22! I got home and tried the dress on and it fit so perfectly.

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Not sure when this dress was made, there’s no tags, and the seams on the inside look like it could possibly be homemade. It is made of super great quality which is what I love about vintage pieces. The pleats are such a sweet touch and the gold buttons are the perfect classic touch.

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The only non-vintage pieces of this look is the jewelry and sunglasses, but the’re the perfect tie-in to this look!

ASOS earrings | NORDSTROM sunglasses | URBAN OUTFITTERS necklace

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Exaggerated

I do about 95% of my clothes shopping online. I get super stressed and overwhelmed trying to shop in an actual store. And I also like the convenience of laying in my bed while shopping. A lot of people ask me how I shop online and my clothes always fit me, while most of the time they do, sometimes they don’t. Like in today’s outfit…

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I’ve been searching since last year for a great cropped white jean that wasn’t super expensive. Well, I ordered this pair off of Zara and on the model they were the perfect cropped pant. The model was 5’10 and being 5’7 I thought the length wouldn’t be too much different. I was a little off.

Some of you might think this was a fail and I should return them, but I actually like the fit of them a lot. Even though the pants weren’t cropped like originally anticipated, I think they’re cool and are a look in and of themselves. I’m going to keep them and style them some different ways, they ended up being the perfect modern mom jean, which is super on trend!

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I’m loving the subtle extra-ness of this look. The oversized buttons with the exaggerated pants is unexpected but still simple.

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URBAN OUTFITTERS top | ZARA jeans | TOPSHOP bag | BP sunglasses | JIMMY CHOO heels (via The Real Real) | vintage locket (via Urban Outfitters)

Roman holiday

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If you keep up with blogger than you would know that the fabulous Chriselle Lim collaborated with one of my favorite brands JOA and it’s such a good collaboration! There were so many pieces that I wanted to pick, but I ended up going for this yellow little number.

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Something you probably don’t know about me is that I’ve been obsessed with Audrey Hepburn for as long as I can remember. In Chriselle’s video of her collection, she goes over the inspiration behind the collection and each piece and it’s so up my alley. Like she said this dress is the perfect combo of classic and vintage and the Roman gold color throughout the line is classy and also fun. The perfect pop of color for spring!

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CHRISELLE X JOA dress | JIMMY CHOO heels (via TheRealReal) | vintage bag | hat (similar)