Edit by Lauren | playing it neutral

Edit by Lauren | playing it neutral

Edit by Lauren | playing it neutral

Edit by Lauren | playing it neutral

Edit by Lauren | playing it neutral

 

 

skirt // tee, currently 25% off! // denim jacket, currently 40% off! // sandals // crossbody bag {another cute similar option here} // sunglasses // headband // earrings // bracelet // photography by anne almasy

 

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Summer fashion is typically known for its bold and vibrant colors, but neutral “basics” are essential for completing almost every look. In fact, pairing neutrals together can make a cool, low-key style statement and can be a welcome change from summer brights.

I styled a mix of neutral “wardrobe staples” from Nordstrom to create a daytime look, perfect for errand-running and lunch-dates. All of these pieces are both affordable {everything except the jacket is under $100} and super practical “completer” items that are guarenteed to stretch your wardrobe and look stylish for years to come.

Here’s a summary of the must-have basics I am wearing ::

This draw-string skirt is a practical warm-weather piece and is cute paired with a tank or tee, layered with a jacket and worn with either flats, flipflops or wedges.

This scoopneck tee fits like a dream, comes in eight colors and is under $20!

Every gal needs a denim jacket and this one is a perfect fit and wash! {It runs on the smaller side, so I recommend sizing up.} And did I mention it is currently 40% off?!

And a neutral wedge sandal is at the top of my summer must-have list. This pair is comfortable and flatters the leg without too much heel height.

Stylishly yours,

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{Thanks to Nordstrom for sponsoring this post. All thoughts and opinions are my own.}

 

 

I’m not gonna lie.  When I first saw this printed blazer, I immediately felt like one of the Golden Girls.  (Dorothy, of course. Duh.)

Admittedly, it’s not super representative of my typical style.  But, sometimes a piece challenges you to play outside of your style “box.”  CHALLENGE ACCEPTED, BLAZER.

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Outfit Details :: Nordstrom Blazer, 7 for All Mankind Denim, Rag and Bone T-Shirt, Loft Booties, Marguerites on Dresden Handbag 

Photos by JNelly Photography

Here are a few of my current favorites to shop:

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Until next time,

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May 27

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anthropologie top // 7 for all mankind jeans // c/o lisi lerch necklace // c/o sole society sandals // c/o kendra scott ring // c/o kendra scott bracelet // chloe bag // tom ford sunglasses // mac lipstick in “girl about town” // photography by heidi geldhauser

 

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A lace blouse is a summertime essential in my book, and a piece you cannot have to many of! This Cutwork Lace Tee is the newest addition to my summer-lace collection. I love how it looks equally fab tucked in or out, and comes in both black and red, as well as the ivory I am wearing here.

How can you wear a lacey blouse? Pair it with pretty much anything. I wear mine with printed and bright colored shorts and pants, denim shorts, jeans and, depending on the cut/style, tucked into skirts. Lacey tops look great layered under a lightweight jacket, too.

More lace tops to shop ::

 

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Stylishly yours,

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May 26

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photos by Kate Davis Photo

outfit details :: skirt (similar) // blouse // shoes (only avail in orange, but love these) // clutch // link bracelet // stretch bracelet // long necklace // engravable necklace // earrings // sunglasses (similar)

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Everyone loves the comfort of a drawstring waist so it is a no brainer that this skirt is the perfect  companion to those hot summer days and nights.  It’s casual enough for flats and a tee, yet the material translates into a more dressed up look for work or even a night out.  My J Crew skirt is only avail in ivory and limited colors, but I am loving this coral colored version from Loft.

Shop some other drawstring style skirts for your wardrobe below.

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Happy Shopping!

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tank c/o anthropologie // jeans c/o anthropologie // sandals c/o anthropologie // tote c/o anthropologie // bangles c/o h.m. willow // sunglasses // similar earrings // photography by heidi geldhauser

 

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I’m excited to team up with one of my most favorite stores in the world to help kick off a fun contest called #SummerInASnap. Anthropologie is kicking off this fun campaign today that will run through end of July. Snap a pic to show how you are “summering” in your Anthro apparel and/or home items and post to Instagram tagged with #SummerInASnap. Anthropologie will be selecting 5 entrants at random throughout the campaign and awarding them each with a $500 gift card and an appointment with an Anthropologie Personal Stylist!

For my first #SummerInASnap look, I’m styling a white jeans outfit that can be worn pretty much anywhere, from day into night. I have literally been searching high and low this season for a great-fitting pair of distressed white jeans. After trying on literally a dozen pairs at multiple retailers, I finally found this pair and they are p-e-r-f-e-c-t!! They have just enough to stretch to flatter and stay comfy, the waist is an ideal mid-rise, they aren’t too sheer and the distressing is just right. {They run true to size.}

The colors in this tank are just so vibrant and pretty, and these sandals are the ideal neutral wedge sandal to wear with just about anything {super comfy, too}. And I love that this zippered raffia tote can double as an around-town bag as well as a pool/beach tote.

Hope you have a fabulous holiday weekend! I’m beach-bound and SO excited!

Stylishly yours,

Edit by Lauren | #summerinasnap

 

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May 21

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topshop dress // nordstrom bag {under $60!} // dolce vita sandals // kendra scott bracelet // karen walker sunglasses // nordstrom hat {under $30!} // nordstrom earrings // nars lipstick in “claudia” // photography by heidi geldhauser

 

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Topshop sundresses have been my favorite the past few seasons, and this year, this one is my new love. For those of you unfamiliar with Topshop, their clothes are fun and affordable, and this summer’s collection is extra whimsical, bright and peppy!

On another very exciting note, Nordstrom’s Half Yearly Sale kicked off yesterday! SO MANY amazing pieces are marked down 40%, including several of my go-to favorites that I have been wearing here on the blog over the past few months. This is the time to stock up on summer essentials, particulary shoes!

Here are a few of my Nordstrom sale picks. My advice? If you are interested in something, order it ASAP! These pieces won’t last long, and better to order it, change your mind and return it later than to regret not getting it at all!

 

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Stylishly yours,

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May 20

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Photos by Kate Davis Photography

outfit details :: dress (only M left, but this Target one is perfect) // vest (similar)// locket and chain// clutch (no longer avail, but LOVE this one) // bracelet (30% off) // shoes // earrings // sunglasses

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Seersucker isn’t just for those southern belles drinking sweet tea on a screened in porch.  It’s the perfect material for any summer diva trying to escape the heat.  The breathable fabric is lightweight and cool for those summertime temps.

Adding a seersucker dress or skirt to your wardrobe is a smart summer investment.  It’s such a versatile piece and appropriate for a daytime wedding or a casual night out with friends.  The Old Navy dress I’m wearing in todays’s post is only available in a size medium, but they offer a strapless version that is just as cute!

Shop some other seersucker dresses and skirts here ::

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Happy Shopping!

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I’m thrilled to introduce you to our guest blogger for today’s post, Joni Lay, creator of the Lay Baby Lay blog. We’re excited to start incorporating more “lifestyle” features here on the Edit by Lauren blog, including home decor, food and travel, kid-stuff, as well as beauty and fitness posts. I can’t think of a better way to start kick off some home and entertaining posts than with expert-advice from the incredibly talented designer/blogger behind Lay Baby Lay. 

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Joni Lay of Lay Baby Lay

A little about Joni :: She’s the wife to Chip and the mother of two adorable girls, Vivi {4} and Brigette {2}. She’s collaborated on design projects with Land of Nod, Restoration Hardware Baby and Kids, and Serena & Lily, and her home is going to be featured in the upcoming June issue of Good Housekeeping magazine!

The Lay Baby Lay blog is an amazing source of family-friendly design inspiration, as well as DIY projects. {Some of her most popular DIY projects include poster hanging, a book bin, a clothes rack and a grocery stand.} I have been a fan and follower of this blog for years, and am tickled to now be getting to know Joni personally {we both live in the Atlanta-area}, and for her to share her “Summer Entertaining Must-Have’s” here on the blog today.

 

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I’m so excited for the warmer weather that has arrived, and the long afternoons that come with it!  We love having friends over, and it’s even better in the summer since we can entertain on the backyard patio.  We turned our dining room into my younger daughter’s nursery, so the patio is where we do most of our entertaining.  Here are a few must haves that I’ve found to be super helpful to have on hand to quickly turn it into a festive space, ready for entertaining and spending time with friends while making it feel thoughtful even on a last minute notice!  All the pops of red in this board are super fun for Memorial Day and the Fourth of July, and a few blue inexpensive honeycomb balls like these strung up will add a little extra patriotic punch.

(1) A super cute table runner makes the table feel festive, and add a pop of color.  You can find a lot of other great options here!

(2) I love having a stash of cute paper napkins.  They make everything extra fun, and make a casual get together feel like a party.  Meri Meri has the most adorable collection, and you can find a great selection here!

(3) I adore these gold cheese knives. A cheese board with a selection of cheese, seasonal fruit, crackers, and homemade jam make for easy and yummy entertaining, and this one is just gorgeous.

(4) Melamine plates are fantastic for the outside, especially with littles underfoot.  They are light and don’t break when dropped.  I love these punchy red ones and Pottery Barn Kids also keeps a great collection of melamine for kids that are great to have on hand when the kids are part of the party!

(5) A collection of small vases are perfect for last minute mini bouquets from clippings around the yard.  Greenery and blooms on the table are such an easy way to make things feel special.

(6) This honeycomb cloche is beautiful, and also necessary to keep bugs and such off of food.  It will make for an elegant presentation, and you won’t have to worry about the food.

(7) Gorgeous serving utensils like these make simple dishes like salads and such feel like an indulgence.  The gold finish also really brightens things up!

(8) These are the cutest little placecard holders!  They would also work great for labeling drinks or food for the convenience of your guests.

(9) I love having vintage pieces mixed in with my serving dishes.  It gives your table a story, and these adorable drink caddies are perfect for toting glasses and drinks outdoors.  This set is one of a kind, but you can find others on etsy, in vintage shops, or maybe even in your grandmother’s cabinet!

(10) A few garlands on hand can also add to the festive feel.  This sparkly star garland is perfect for the patriotic holidays ahead.

(11) These geometric coasters are gorgeous, and finding ways to add punches of color outside make everything feel more fun!

(12) Bar carts make serving easier.  I have this one, and I love it!  I actually use it as my nightstand, and take it outside for parties and gatherings.  It’s perfect for serving beverages or appetizers.

(13) When the evenings run long, candlelight makes everything feel more magical.  I adore these fantastic striped candles, and some vintage brass candlesticks add interest to the table.

(14) I love this simple beverage dispenser! It’s great for serving water, or a homemade lemonade or sweet tea, and it’s even easy for the kids to use.

(15) This wooden cake pedestal is also great for displaying food and such, and the wood will add some texture to the table.

(16) An ice bucket for drinks is also a handy item to have, to keep beverages chilled on hot afternoons.

Follow along with Lay Baby Lay on Instagram @laybabylay and on Facebook here.

Thanks for the stylish entertaining tips, Joni!

Stylishly yours,

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May 18

beautycounter

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beautycounter products pictured left to right :: countertime radiance firming complex // tint skin // lustro oil // countertime cleansing balm // countertime enlightening treatment pads // photo by heidi geldhauser

If you haven’t yet heard of Beautycounter, I’m thrilled to introduce you. And if you have heard the buzz but haven’t yet tried this line, you need to!

Beautycounter is more than a line of skincare products. It is company driven by a compelling mission to disrupt the beauty industry by questioning the non-regulated, harmful ingredients in the majority of beauty products and by getting safe products into the hands of everyone. Now this is a company and a mission I can get behind!

Beautycounter has banned more than 1500 ingrediants to set a new health and safety standard, giving it the strictest ingrediant list in the industry. Moreover, their products are luxurious and really do work, making it no surprise that this line is a favorite of celebrities like Gwyneth Paltrow, Lauren Conrad and Connie Britton and that it has been featured in publications such as the Zoe Report, GOOP, Allure Magazine and the J.Crew blog.

My friend and Beautycounter Consultant, Shannon, recently gifted me the Countertime Line to try. {She’s giving away the entire collection, plus some other Beautycounter goodies, to a few Edit by Lauren followers. Enter to win at the end of this post!}

Here are a few of my favorite Beautycounter products so far ::

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Countertime Radiance Firming Complex :: This is a firming/brightening serum that I have been using day and night. I have oilier skin and love how lightweight this is. I have noticed an increase in my skin’s brightness from using it.

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Countertime Vibrant Eye Perfector :: I am in love with this eye cream! It is light, easy to pat under my eyes, and smooths lines while de-puffing.

 

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Countertime Nourishing Cleansing Balm :: To be honest, this has not been an easy product for me to adjust to, but I am gradually developing a surprising affection for it! Since my skin is on the oiler side, I typically use cleansers that give me a squeeky clean finish. This cleansing balm is super hydrating and doesn’t give that squeeky clean feel, but it miraculously melts away makeup and hydrates like crazy! I am currently using it to cleanse my face a few nights a week and have noticed a dramatic difference in my skin’s hydration. {And I am learning that my skin doesn’t have to feel “squeaky” to truly be clean!}

 

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Lustro Face Oil #3 ::  The Beautycounter Lustro Oils are referred to as “liquid luminosity.” I love the #3, formulated for combination/oily skin. It hydrates and brightens while clearing up the skin. I am using this nightly, but it can also be used during day.

 

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Tint Skin Foundation :: Last but not least, Tint Skin is a great light-weight foundation that gives a dewy finish and evens out skin tone. I love wearing this to the gym and for days that I want very light-natural coverage with SPF. Read what one of my favorite fashionistas, Lauren Conrad, says about this product here.

 

Beautycounter Consultant Shannon Kaloper is generously gifting one Edit by Lauren blog reader the complete Countertime Line {six products, retail value of $295}. Additionally, THREE other followers will each win one of the following :: Rosewater Uplifting Spray {$36 value}, Sunscreen {$26 value}, and an Enrich Beauty Butter {$36 value.}

Enter here ::

a Rafflecopter giveaway

{There will one grand prize and three additional winners, for four total winners. Each person has an opportunity for three total entries. Winners be randomly selected by Rafflecopter and announced back here on the blog next Tuesday, June 26th.}

** CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR WINNERS!! Molly {mollybeau@yahoo.com} won the entire Countertime Skincare Line, Terry Pitzer won the Rosewater Uplifting Spray, Melissa Dickinson won the Sunscreen and Corinne Watson won the Enrich Beauty Butter! Thank you to everyone who entered!! **

Have questions about Beautycounter, or want to place an order? Contact Shannon at shannonkaloper@me.com or visit her site here.

Stylishly yours,

Edit by Lauren | beautycounter

 

 

 

 

 

Summer is {finally} here! Maybe not officially, but it sure is beginning to feel like it here in Georgia!

Here’s my “summer essential list” for easy, no fuss every-day dressing. If you have these pieces, you’ll improve your ability to mix and match your wardrobe to create endless looks and have ready-to-go options to pack for travel.

A striped tee :: Every woman needs a navy and white striped top. Pair with white, denim or virtually any color bottoms, including pants, shorts or skirts.

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J.Crew Striped Tee // photo by Amanda Pulley

Stylish stripes to shop ::

 

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A neutral sandal :: Ideally, every woman needs a great neutral flat and wedge-heeled sandal. By neutral I mean anywhere in the the nude to cognac-brown family. This color scheme pairs with black, white, navy and every other color, and makes packing a cinch! Metallics also make great neutrals.

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Sam Edelman Sandals // photo by Megan Weaver

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Sole Society Wedges {now on sale!} // photo by Heidi Geldhauser

Fab neutral sandals to shop ::

 

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A pair of denim shorts :: Denim shorts made a comeback a few season’s back and are around to stay. It’s easy to understand why, since, like a trusty pair of jeans, they go with everything! I wear mine with flat sandals or sneaks for day and with wedges for evening. This pair by Joe’s Jeans fit like a dream. {I sized up for a slouchier look.}

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Joe’s Jeans Shorts // photo by Anne Almasy

Great fitting denim shorts to shop ::

 

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A carryall tote :: Who has time to switch purses all the time during summer?! A cute tote is a necessity {especially for those of us who are moms} for long days out, and can double as a cute carry-on travel back and pool/beach bag.

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Sam Edelman Tote // photo by Anne Almasy

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Gigi New York Tote // photo by Anne Almasy

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Barrington Tote

Cute totes to shop ::

 

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A cute pair of sneakers :: I’m a new-covert to wearing sneakers outside of the gym, and now I wonder why it took me so long! I am loving wearing tennis shoes with casual dresses, skirts and shorts and there are so many adorable pairs out this season.

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Converse Sneakers // photo by Anne Almasy

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Tom’s Sneakers // photo by Anne Almasy

 

An easy-to-wear dress :: A comfy, breezy dress that can take you from day to night and can be worn with multiple shoes and accessories is a key summer essential. A good dress often takes the thought out of getting dressed, and is a perfect travel-companion. {Both of these dresses would also look cute with flat sandals. Can you tell I primarily wear heels?!}

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Anthropologie Shirtdress // photo by Anne Almasy

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Old Navy Eyelet Dress // photo by Anne Almasy

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Nordstrom Hi-Lo Wrap Dress // photo by Heidi Geldhauser

 

A white/ivory “peasent” blouse :: A pretty, lacy top is a classic summer must-have. This blouse is feminine and functional, pairing with denim, colors, prints and patterns. Depending on the shape and style, a peasent blouse can be worn untucked with jeans or shorts and/or tucked into a skirt. I love how colorful accessories “pop” off this style blouse, and how it wears effortlessly from day to night, making it a perfect travel piece.

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Anthropologie blouse, last season // photo by Amanda Pulley

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Anthropologie Lace Tee // photo by Heidi Geldhauser.

Pretty lace tops to shop ::

 

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A perfect-fitting tee :: It goes without saying that a good-fitting tee is a key building block to any summer wardrobe. Life is too short to wear an ill-fitting tee, so make sure you have at least 3-4 tees in black, white and a color or two that you feel flattered in. Wear your tees plain, accessorized with an airy scarf or statement necklace or layered under a light-weight jacket.

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Splendid Tee // photo by Anne Almasy

Favorite tees to shop ::

 

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Something chambray :: Like denim, chambray pairs with just about everything. Light to medium shades of chambray are trending this season, and are the easy answer to what to pair with bright colors, pattern and even whites.

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Old Navy Chambray Sundress // photo by Anne Almasy

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Old Navy Chambray Shirtdress // photo by Heidi Geldhauser

Cool chambray to shop ::

 

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Stylishly yours,

Edit by Lauren | the summer essential list