VANDIGRAM

Happy weekend! Here’s a glimpse of how I spent my last week through Instagramkate-spade-pink-purse-instagram-fashion-blog-vandi-fair-vandigram.jpgKate Spade’s amazing sale brought back memories of this colorful summer post featuring one of my favorite bags.

spalsh-chat-colorful-bed-instagram-fashion-blog-vandi-fair-vandigram.jpgSplash Media of Dallas invited me to be a co-host in Splash Chat – a monthly Twitter chat about various social media topics. This month’s topic was about “Personal branding”, so I got to join bloggers Helene Sula, Madalyn Sklar and Brian Fanzo on Tuesday for an hour long Twitter conversation about the subject. Not only did I get to interact with many amazing local fellow bloggers, but I also learned a few new things myself.

happy-necklace-daisy-sweater-instagram-fashion-blog-vandi-fair-vandigram.jpgThis season’s school girl trend is totally in tune with my personal style. I’ve always leaned on the preppy side, and the new girly, 90′s throwback twist to this trend makes it so fun to style looks like these. Also, how amazing is this happy necklace? It adds instant playfulness to any look.

sunrise-beautiful-instagram-fashion-blog-vandi-fair-vandigramIf you’re anything like me, waking up in the morning is a dreadful experience. It’s a rare day that I wake up and stay up after my first alarm goes off, but when I awoke to see this vision outside my window Tuesday morning, my feet hit the floor without hesitation. This beautiful, cotton candy sky brought this verse to mind:

“The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky above proclaims his handiwork.” Psalm 19:1

disney-cinderella-fairy-godmother-castle-teapot-instagram-fashion-blog-vandi-fair-vandigram.jpgOkay, so my Disney movie obsession is obvious after this post, but it has also entered other phases of my life. I’m a huge supporter of afternoon tea, a hundreds-year-old British custom that traditionally happens between 4-6pm as a meal that provides the perfect pick-me-up. This Cinderella inspired teapot makes every sip a little more dreamy.

tartan-plaid-top-outift-instagram-fashion-blog-vandi-fair-vandigram.jpgAnother trend I love this season is plaid and tartan. I snagged this blue and green plaid top (similar) from Forever 21. It was the perfect update to my classic kaki trousers and cap-toe heels at the office. I’m also obsessed with this pearl choker necklace I recently snagged.

Fair-well xx,

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PINK PEPPERMINT PEPLUM

1-milk-and-honey-boutique-pink-peplum-fashion-blog-vandi-fair-lauren-vandiver30-milk-and-honey-boutique-pink-peplum-fashion-blog-vandi-fair-lauren-vandiver5-milk-and-honey-boutique-pink-peplum-fashion-blog-vandi-fair-lauren-vandiver21-milk-and-honey-boutique-pink-peplum-fashion-blog-vandi-fair-lauren-vandiver23-milk-and-honey-boutique-pink-peplum-fashion-blog-vandi-fair-lauren-vandiver9-milk-and-honey-boutique-pink-peplum-fashion-blog-vandi-fair-lauren-vandiver4-milk-and-honey-boutique-pink-peplum-fashion-blog-vandi-fair-lauren-vandiver16-milk-and-honey-boutique-pink-peplum-fashion-blog-vandi-fair-lauren-vandiver22-milk-and-honey-boutique-pink-peplum-fashion-blog-vandi-fair-lauren-vandiver20-milk-and-honey-boutique-pink-peplum-fashion-blog-vandi-fair-lauren-vandiver2-milk-and-honey-boutique-pink-peplum-fashion-blog-vandi-fair-lauren-vandiver PEPLUM TOP: Milk & Honey  //  COFFEE MUG: Ashley Brooke Designs  //  NECKLACE: Kendra Scott  //  SATCHEL: Rebecca Minkoff  //  STUD EARRINGS: Michael Kors  //  WATCH: Michael Kors  //  JEANS: Old Navy  //  BOOTS: similar DV BY Dolce Vita

One place you’ll probably never find me on the weekend is the mall. There are just so many other ways I’d rather spend my weekend than fighting the crowds at mainstream retailers beneath fluorescent lighting. While online shopping has become my go-to, when I come across a boutique I love, I am all about real life shopping. That’s why I’m so excited about Milk & Honey Boutique. With an amazing location in Dallas plus an online store featuring affordable fashion that you won’t find at retailers in the mall, they are my new favorite place to shop.

I got this pink textured peplum top from Milk & Honey, and I absolutely love it for fall. The silhouette is so flattering and the thick, tweed-like texture reminds me of a piece from Chanel. It’s great that white can be worn for fall and winter, because jeans simply don’t get much love in the spring and summer here in Texas. I paired the light pink top with my white jeans for a complimentary soft and feminine look. This Kendra Scott statement necklace was the perfect way to add some sparkle to the look and my gray boots helped bring out the pyrite stone in the necklace.  I threw my hair up in a low pony and curled it so it wouldn’t snag on the necklace or voluminous top.

This look is perfect for a day date or girl’s day at the cafe. And how adorable is this mug from Ashley Brooke Designs? More sugar, please!

Fair-well xx,

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HAPPY PREP

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With plaid skirts, peekaboo socks and collared shirts everywhere, the school girl trend is huge for fall. To put my own spin on it, I used happy accessories and bright colors paired with structured prepster basics to create my own version of the look.

I started with this daisy sweater from Pink Basics paired over my staple chambray button up for a classic preppy collared look. My white asymmetrical skirt and peekaboo socks were the perfect compliments to the vivid white daisys.  I absolutely love this bag from Milk & Honey boutique – it can fit anything and the warm brown color is perfect for fall.  My brown booties added height to the look and wide rimmed glasses added a dose of nerdy chic to the look.  I tied a bow around my low ponytail to add one more girly touch to the school girl look. Even on a Monday, this happy necklace is certain to add a pep to your step and I love the fun statement it made with this look.

Fair-well xx,

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VANDIGRAM

I’m so excited to introduce a new blog series today – Vandigram. I absolutely love getting creative with my iPhone for Instagram photos, and since many of the shots aren’t shown on my blog, I’m going to share my week in Instagram photos every Friday.

interview-inspirato-magazine-pink-vandigram-vandi-fair-instagram-blog-blogger-fashion-lauren-vandiverI had the pleasure of chatting with Inspirato Magazine for an interview. You can read the online feature here.

disney-movies-animated-classics-vandigram-vandi-fair-instagram-blog-blogger-fashion-lauren-vandiverYou may already know that I am a huge Disney fan, but this photo of my collection shows how much I love Disney animated classic and Pixar movies. I began my Disney DVD collection by joining the Disney Movie Club, where you can get 4 Disney or Pixar blu-ray movies for $1 upon joining and get offered amazing deals every month that you can easily accept or decline via email.

cobalt-heels-columbus-day-sales-vandigram-vandi-fair-instagram-blog-blogger-fashion-lauren-vandiverI was so excited to share these new cobalt heels, which are on sale at Macy’s.

dog-puppy-love-collaboration-milk-and-honey-vandigram-vandi-fair-instagram-blog-blogger-fashion-lauren-vandiverNext week on the blog I’ll be sharing photos from my collaboration with Milk & Honey Boutique and Baby Bowtie with my favorite pup, Lucky. How fab are these boots?

kate-weiser-chocolates-vandigram-vandi-fair-instagram-blog-blogger-fashion-lauren-vandiverMy dad brought home these beautiful and delicious Kate Weiser chocolates as a gift from my favorite English teacher.  Although they look too pretty to eat, they are equally as delicious with unique, melt-in-your-mouth flavors like apricot & lavender, key lime pie and even sweet potato. I was excited to find out that Kate is a young Dallas entrepreneur and chocolatier whose new shop can be found at Trinity Groves.

ootd-old-navy-jacket-vandigram-vandi-fair-instagram-blog-blogger-fashion-lauren-vandiverThis utility jacket from Old Navy is quickly becoming one of my fall wardrobe staples. I wore it to the office with a lace dress from spring and these grey booties (also on sale at Macy’s).

trader-joes-pumpkin-patch-fall-vandigram-vandi-fair-instagram-blog-blogger-fashion-lauren-vandiverThe colors of fall are unlike any other and Trader Joe’s pumpkin patch seems to capture them all in their eclectic array of varieties.

ootd-plaid-vandigram-vandi-fair-instagram-blog-blogger-fashion-lauren-vandiverI love this plaid vest from Milk & Honey boutique and paired it with white denim, a grey sweater, and over-the-knee boots for a casual fall look at the office.

Happy Friday!

Fair-well xx,

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BAR CART

bar-cart-target-interior-decor-blog-vandi-fairgold-longhorn-bar-cart-target-interior-decor-blog-vandi-fairgold-longhorn-bar-cart-interior-decor-blog-vandi-fair2-bar-cart-target-interior-decor-blog-vandi-fairwine-corks-bar-cart-interiors-decor-shot-glasses-blog-vandi-fair10-bar-cart-target-interior-decor-blog-vandi-fair3-bar-cart-target-interior-decor-blog-vandi-fairworld-stone-wine-stopper-bar-cart-target-interior-decor-blog-vandi-fair6-bar-cart-target-interior-decor-blog-vandi-fairmirror-coasters-wine-aerator-texas-exes-interior-decor-blog-vandi-fair5-bar-cart-target-interior-decor-blog-vandi-fair7-bar-cart-target-interior-decor-blog-vandi-fairwine-glasses-bar-cart-target-interior-decor-blog-vandi-fair BAR CART: Target  //  ORCHID ARRANGEMENT: Target  //  PLATES:  similar Target  //  GOLD ANIMAL SCULPTURE: similar Dwell Studios  //  ELECTRIC WINE OPENER:  Waring Pro  //  LONGHORN WINE STOPPER:  Ebay  //  GLOBE WINE STOPPER:  Gordon’s  // BAZAAR’S GREATEST HITS BOOK: Books a Million  //  VERA WANG WEDDINGS BOOK: Books a Million //  WALL ART:  similar Neiman Marcus  //  SHOT GLASSES:  similar Chairish  //  BOWLS: Anthropologie  //  WINE RACK:  similar World Market  //  GLASS VASE: similar World Market  //  MIRRORED TRAY: similar World Market  //  MIRRORED COASTERS: similar Kate Spade  //  CAPRI BLUE VOLCANO CANDLE: Anthropologie

BAR CART NECESSITIES:

BAR CART DECOR:

If you’ve seen my post about my room or my vanity, you may know I love decorating.  Last Christmas, a bar cart was at the top of my list, and I was so excited to receive this pretty gold one from Target. I love the sleek look of the gold and wood paired together and the wheels make it easy to move for parties, breakfast in bed surprises, and more. After doing some research on Pinterest, I immediately set out to decorate the newest addition to my apartment.

The great thing about a bar cart is that there are so many ways to utilize them and decorate them to fit your personal style or a particular occasion.  As a wine lover, I already had a small wine rack, electric opener and wine glasses from various wineries to start with.  I found these geometric mirrored coasters from Jonathan Adler (similar) and this set of fun patterned plates (similar) from Target to add some pizzaz to the cart and added some of my other favorite items from my kitchen like bowls, shot glasses and a few of my favorite wine stoppers. I added a little flair with some personal trinkets like this school-spirited gold longhorn sculpture, a couple of fashion books and one of my favorite Volcano candles. Check out some of my other favorite picks for bar care necessities and decor above.

How would you decorate your bar cart?

Fair-well xx,

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COLUMBUS DAY SALES

Happy Sunday! Tomorrow is Columbus Day, and with so many fabulous sales going on we have more to celebrate than Christopher Columbus’ sail across the ocean blue. Here is a compilation of some of my favorite sale items! Enjoy!

MACY’S – 20% off site-wide w/code FALL. Ends 10/13.

FOREVER 21 – Additional 30% off fall clearance w/ code TAKE30. Ends 10/19.

PIPERLIME – 20% off site-wide w/code FALL20. Ends 10/13.

J. CREW FACTORY – 50% off site-wide. Ends 10/12.

MADEWELL – 30% off site-wide w/code OHFALL. Ends 10/13.

Fair-well xx,

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KIMONO COLORFUL

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ACL Weekend 2 starts today, and I wanted to share another festival-inspired look! Equally as exciting as the music at festivals is the fashion, which has become a category of its own thanks to festivals like ACL, Lollapalooza and Coachella. From Kimonos to bright floral headbands, festivals have become the time to express your inner flower child. Whether attending and music festival or not , much can be learned from these easy breezy- hippie-chic looks.

I created this festive, colorful look as a great option for a laid-back weekend for a music festival. I absolutely love this colorful festive Kimono (similar) with these floral embroidered shorts I scooped up at Urban Outfitters.  Perhaps my favorite part of this look is the accessories. These unique bangles from Hacienda in Austin couldn’t be more perfect for ACL.  They are made from repurposed guitar strings from local talented musicians. I also love these leather bangles, also from the local boutique.

 
Hope you have an amazing weekend!

Fair-well xx,

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FALL IN LOVE WITH AUSTIN DESIGNERS + ANTHRO GIVEAWAY

Giveaway-1What better way to start the first full week of October than with a Fall Giveaway? I’ve teamed up with five Austin bloggers for a mega-giveaway featuring four amazing Austin designers AND one of my fave brands, Anthropologie. Starting today through October 16th, one lucky winner will receive the amazing items listed below. Entering is simple! Just follow the steps at the end of this post. Happy fall, y’all!

$100 gift card to Anthropologie

A Fall Pouch & Your Choice of 8 Greeting Cards from Bunglo ($72 value)

An Arete Necklace Son Of A Sailor ( $56 value)

The Multi-Diamond Print Pillow from Stone & Textile ($125 value)

The Birds Of A Feather Print from Satchel & Sage ($20 value)

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SHEER BOHO DRESS

13-sheer-boho-dress-acl-style-austin-fashion-blog-vandi-fair-blogger-lauren-vandiver11-sheer-boho-dress-acl-style-austin-fashion-blog-vandi-fair-blogger-lauren-vandiver3-sheer-boho-dress-acl-style-austin-fashion-blog-vandi-fair-blogger-lauren-vandiver        6-sheer-boho-dress-acl-style-austin-fashion-blog-vandi-fair-blogger-lauren-vandiver1-sheer-boho-dress-acl-style-austin-fashion-blog-vandi-fair-blogger-lauren-vandiver12-sheer-boho-dress-acl-style-austin-fashion-blog-vandi-fair-blogger-lauren-vandiver5-sheer-boho-dress-acl-style-austin-fashion-blog-vandi-fair-blogger-lauren-vandiver8-sheer-boho-dress-acl-style-austin-fashion-blog-vandi-fair-blogger-lauren-vandiver braid-braided-hair-style-acl-style-austin-fashion-blog-vandi-fair-blogger-lauren-vandiver sheer-boho-dress-acl-style-austin-fashion-blog-vandi-fair-blogger-lauren-vandiverDRESS:  similar Nasty Gal  //  BOOTS:  similar Anthropologie  //  EARRINGS:  Kendra Scott  //  FRINGE BRACELET:  Kendra Scott  //  BANGLE: similar Kendra Scott

Happy ACL Weekend 1! In honor of Austin’s most celebrated music festival, I wanted to share this pretty little boho dress (similar Nasty Gal) I found that would be perfect for this weekend’s festivities. My dresses tend to get the least love in my closet because I always find pairing tops and bottoms more interesting and fun, but this dress is an exception.  With romantic sheer lace and a beautifully embroidered floral print, it doesn’t even call for much in accessories, which will make your life loads easier when you have three days worth of concerts to attend.

Braids are a no-brainer for this year’s festival. I went with my go-to “Heidi braids” for this look, but any kind of braided do will do. I paired these fringe boots (similar Anthropologie) that boast a free-spirited vibe, but I’d probably go for a pair without the heel for the festival. These Kendra Scott gold drop earrings are surprisingly lightweight and I absolutely love the fun statement this gold fringe cuff makes.

If you’re twirling around Zilker Park this weekend or next, have fun and be safe!

Fair-well xx,

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FULL FLORAL MAXI

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From midi to maxi, the 50′s full skirt trend has made a major comeback, and I’m certainly not complaining. There’s something about a full skirt that just makes you wanna twirl. The silhouette is so feminine and flattering on every figure.  I rocked this lilac full midi skirt a few months ago on the blog, but I may be even more in love with the maxi versions of the trend.  So you can imagine my excitement when I spotted this beautiful full floral maxi skirt from Austin-based clothing label Rare Trends (I’m also loving this navy blue one by Shabby Apple).

I styled the skirt with a bustier crop top (similar She Inside), also from the clothing label, for a look that’s perfect for a fall black tie wedding or evening event.  I love the idea of swapping a formal dress or gown for a gorgeous full maxi skirt and crop top as an unexpected twist (did you see Sarah Hyland’s look at the Emmy’s? Obsessed.)  To accessorize, I wore strappy black and gold sandals, a studded gold clutch, vintage earrings and this amazing snake-inspired gold cuff from Kendra Scott (similar ).

Next time you’re shopping for a fall or winter special event, consider swapping your traditional dress for a fun, feminine full maxi skirt.

Fair-well xx,

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