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Sep 16

be the good

Edit by Lauren | be the good

This past week I received the opportunity of working with Jane.com and Cents of Style to participate in the #BeTheGood challenge. What an awesome opportunity to do something, big or small, for another person.

For my random act of kindness, I am making meals for families who are fostering and/or adopting children through an organization called Promise 686. Several of my good friends have fostered and adopted precious children with the assistance of this amazing Atlanta-based organization, and I am excited to be a part of supporting this significant cause in a small way through the simple act of making a meal. I look forward to supporting this organization in a variety of ways in the near future!

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Dressing your guy should be a fun experience; however, when it’s time to shop there are so many things to consider that it can easily feel overwhelming.

I’m excited to kick off a three-part “Men’s Style” series today in collaboration with Jen Brinsmade of J. Hilburn clothier for men, focused on dressing your man with ease. This post is dedicated to finding the “proper fit” for shirts. Next, we’ll tackle pants and jackets and then we will conclude with Fall and Winter trends.

“Simplicity has always been my mantra,” comments Jen, and her recommendation that we use The Style Pyramid as an easy guide when making selections for that special guy is a great point of reference to start. It also serves as great tool for women’s style as well.

Edit by Lauren | dressing your guy :: part 1

The Style Pyramid includes three key components :: Fit, Fabric and Style.

+FIT :: sits at the head of the pyramid as the key factor for any wardrobe addition. The way a man’s clothes fit will affect his overall appearance even if the fabric and style are not top notch.

+FABRIC & STYLE :: at the base of the pyramid sit the componant’s that represent a man’s preference and taste, essentially how he would like to present himself to the world.

Rules of thumb :: If the fit is perfect and the fabric is well made but it doesn’t suit his taste {or you for that matter}, don’t buy it. A piece of clothing should meet ALL three criteria before making a purchase. Let’s be honest, if you don’t consider these fundamentals, a piece will likely wind up hanging in the closet unworn and your money wasted.

Now let’s begin with the proper fit of dress and polo style shirts since they are the foundation of a guy’s wardrobe…

Edit by Lauren | dressing your guy :: part 1

The Perfect Fitting Dress Shirt by J. Hilburn

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Track pants have to be the most comfortable trend of the season. These slouchy pants feel like lounge/sweat pants, but offer stylish versatility for day-to-evening wear.

I’ve been fielding quite a few questions from clients and blog followers about how to style track pants. Here are a few tips ::

  1. Pair track pants with a plain, solid top. A tee, tank or plain-front blouse like I am pictured wearing are ideal. Stay clear of bold prints and/or lots of buttons. {Exception :: I do like stripes with track pants, and find them an easy pattern to style.}
  2. Layer with a fitted jacket in cooler weater. A denim or leather jacket, as well as a boyfriend-style blazer, is perfect for carrying track pants into Fall.
  3. To balance out the slouchiness of track pants, wear with a wedge or a heeled shoe. Anything from a pump to a wedge sandal to a caged bootie, like I am wearing below, is perfect.
  4. Add a statement accessory. A pop-color pendant necklace, bold earrings and/or bangle bracelets help “feminize” and dress up track pant ensembles, and help them transition from super-casual to a bit “dressed up.”

Here’s how I styled my incredibly comfy zippered Gap track pants {which happen to be under $50!} ::

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olive

Sep 13

olive you

Last week, our Saturday blog post was a color crash course on fall’s favorite “it color”, burgundy.  This week we are going to look at olive as a color crush for your wardrobes.

Olive is considered a neutral and is a blank canvas to pair with the rest of the color wheel.  Think of it as khaki’s older and wiser sister.  You can pair it with other basics, or mix it with soft delicate tones like pink, coral, or baby blue.  Step it up a notch with bright hues such as orange, bright red, or hot pink.  Oh – and don’t forget those prints and stripes!

Here are a few of my favorite ways to wear olive this fall.

1. Layer over florals for a rough and tumble approach to a feminine print.

Edit by Lauren | olive you

Outfit Details: Old Navy Floral Dress//Loft Olive Blazer {similar}//Kendra Scott Necklace//Sam Edelman Shoes {Nordstrom}//Stella & Dot Earrings//Kate Spade Handbag {similar}//Gucci Sunglasses {similar}

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The chambray shirt is on Edit’s wardrobe essentials list, and is something that we regularly tell our clients is a wardrobe must have.

It’s the next best thing to the white button down and something everyone should have hanging in their closets.

Why is this light-weight denim-inspired shirt so “essential?”

Much like jeans, chambray mixes with just about everything, even denim! We love how chambray can be dressed up or down, worn untucked or tucked in, layered under jackets and sweaters, sleeves cuffed or buttoned…the possibilities are endless.

Here’s how the Edit team is styling our favorite chambray shirts for early Fall…

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lauren’s outfit details :: j.crew keeper chambray shirt // nordstrom savvy faux leather pleat front skirt // stella & dot livvy necklace // stella & dot jacinthe bracelet // stella & dot cleopatra stud earrings // nordstrom bp trolley leather ankle booties // images by Amanda Pulley → Read more

Flared pants and sleeves are making a comeback this season. I’m excited to feature flared jeans soon {something I haven’t worn since college!}, and am also loving the seventies-inspired bell-sleeved tops and dresses that are trending this season.

The flared sleeves absolutely make this mini-dress, which happens to be a steal for under $50! The flowy sleeves are just so fun to wear, and I am excited about incorporating more bell-sleeves into my wardrobe this season.

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photography by Amanda Pulley.

outfit details :: tildon bell sleeve minidress {also available in more sizes in this print, this dress runs big, i am wearing a size XS} // vince camuto kelvin booties // kendra scott reece chain necklace // kendra scott finley fringe necklace // stella & dot cleopatra studs

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Bell-sleeves to shop ::

Edit by Lauren | saved by the bell

Tildon Bell Sleeve Minidress. {same dress I am wearing above in a different print.}

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It’s definitely that time of year when we all want nothing more than to run crazily through the mall, wildly throwing money at every fall trend we see.

No?  Just me?

But maybe you’re on a budget.  Maybe you’re already in Christmas shopping mode (I hate you).  Or maybe your husband hilariously comments all. the. time. about how the UPS driver is now a personal family friend.  You know.  After The Sale That Shall Not Be Named.

Ahem.

Regardless, don’t we all want to update our fall wardrobes?  And save a little money while doing so?

(Because, as I’ve told my husband countless times, you have to spend money to save money.)

(He and his finance degree think I am adorable.)

Since I love each and every one of you (yes, even the ones that are already Christmas shopping…sigh), I’ve put together my top five FRUGAL must-haves for fall.  And guess what?  You can buy all of them for less than $150.  Go ahead, you totally have my permission.

Edit by Lauren | five fall updates for less than $150

And if your husband asks, just remind him about how you’re actually saving money.

He’ll love that.

Until next time,

Edit by Lauren | five fall updates for less than $150

checkered-4

Sep 09

transition

This is a tricky time of year with fashion.  The old school rules tell us to put away our summer wardrobe, meanwhile Mother Nature keeps us guessing from week to week with her moody hot flashes.  It makes sweaters and jeans seem unbearable.  So what is the solution?

Dresses, dresses, and oh yeah, dresses.

They are easy, effortless, and can be worn all year long.   Wear now with a flat or heel and then remix later with a jacket or blazer, tights, and booties.  It’s the perfect outfit for just about any occasion.

Edit by Lauren | transition

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The denim vest. Second to it’s counterpart, the denim jacket, this is one of the most practical layering pieces a girl can have in her wardrobe this season.

Why? Because, like the jean jacket, denim goes with everything {even denim!} and this piece will transition your sleeveless Summer pieces into Fall with ease. But unlike it’s long-sleeved partner, the vest is much cooler and easier to wear during these warmer late Summer/early Fall months.

So when you get the itch to wear a Summer sundress and feel like it needs to look a little more “Fall,” simply throw on a denim vest, like I do here, over a favorite strappy lace sundress…

Edit by Lauren | the denim vest

Edit by Lauren | the denim vest

Edit by Lauren | the denim vest

outfit details :: nordstrom bp dress {currently 40% off!} // gap vest {on sale!} // dv by dolce vita shoes {currently 50% off!} // stella & dot engraveable necklace // kendra scott rayne necklace in teal // stella & dot cady bracelet // stella & dot capri clutch // ray ban sunglasses 

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A few denim jackets to shop ::

Edit by Lauren | the denim vest

Two by Vince Camuto Vintage Wash Denim Vest.

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Anthropologie Level 99 Denim Vest.

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Thanks to all who came out our Edit by Lauren event at the Atlanta Kendra Scott boutique last Thursday evening. Sherri and I loved seeing and styling some of you in gorgeous Fall jewels!

Edit by Lauren | kendra scott event recap

Sherri and Lauren before the event kicked off!

Edit by Lauren | kendra scott event recap

We thought it would be fun to recap the best-selling “crowd favorites” of the night, for those of you who couldn’t make it in person.

Here they are, in no particular order ::

It’s no surprise that our personal favorite Kendra Scott piece, the Rayne Necklace, was one of the top-picks of the night. When we opened this drawer of gorgeous color options for our guests, the question asked by everyone became “how do I just pick one?!”

Edit by Lauren | kendra scott event recap

Teal was the most popular color of the night for the Rayne, since it mixes with pretty much anything. Several guests also selected with their college team colors for stylish game day wear!

Edit by Lauren | kendra scott event recap

The Kendra Scott Rayne Necklace in teal.

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