PINK PARADISE

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If you’ve seen my tropical shorts look or my tropically-inspired picks, you probably know I’m a big fan of this vacation-inspired trend for summer.  When I stumbled upon this darling pink paradise skirt from Forever 21 featuring palm leaves and parrots, adding it to my shopping cart was a no-brainer.  I originally intended to pair it with a white crop top or eyelet top, but I liked how this periwinkle top (similar here) brought out the color of the palm leaves in the skirt.  Although it’s hard to find, periwinkle is one of my favorite colors to wear, especially when paired with pretty abalone jewels from Kendra Scott.  I got this brown leather crossbody by Michael Kors over a year ago and I love it for a day when I’m on my feet because not only is it lightweight, but it also includes spots for your id and cards.  The bag happened to tie in my brown leather Steve Madden sandals perfectly.

My hair is ultra fine, so it’s sometimes hard to find fun hairstyles to try.  I was planning to do two tiny braids on the sides of my hair and attach them in the back for a half up look, but I decided I liked the laid back look of the single braid alone.

This is a perfect weekend day look, whether you’re on a tropical weekend or at your favorite local shopping spot.

Fair-well xx,

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COZY T-SHIRT

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T-SHIRT: Forever 21  //  SKORT: New Look  //  EARRINGS: Kate Spade  //  WATCH:  Michael Kors  //  NECKLACE: Kendra Scott  //  RING:  Kendra Scott  //  SANDALS: Forever 21  //  NAIL POLISH:  Essie Bikini Too Teeny

There’s something about a t-shirt and heels that just feels like playing dress up again.  Because this statement necklace can go so glam, I actually prefer pairing it with casual looks like this one.  I got this white skort from Zara a year ago and I still wear it so often.  The unique cut of it makes it feel so modern and the skort element makes it comfortable enough for day or night.

Fair-well xx,

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FAIR FINDS- NORDSTROM ANNIVERSARY SALE!

TOP:  Nordstrom  //  BOOTS:  Michael Kors  //  EARRINGS:  Kendra Scott  //  DRESS:  Milly  //  WRISTLET:  Tory Burch  // PHONE CASE:  Kate Spade  //  WATCH:  Michael Kors  //  SUNNIES:  Michael Kors  // MONOGRAM NECKLACE:  Nordstrom  //  WRAP BRACELET:  Tory Burch  //  JEANS:  Nordstrom  //  HEELS:  Steve Madden  //  BAG:  Rebecca Minkoff  //  PANTIES:  Hanky Panky  //  CUFF:  Nordstrom

The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is here!  And in case navigating through the whole sale feels a bit daunting, I’ve selected some of my favorite picks in this amazing summer sale. This is one of the biggest shopping events of the year – featuring pre-fall and fall items with deep discounts.  Though Christmas may seem like a long time away, this is the perfect time to start crossing off your gift list (your bank account will thank you for it later!)

Some of my favorites in the sale are the gorgeous watches, like this Michael Kors two-toned watch (which will be making a debut in my own watch collection soon!) There’s also a fantastic selection of boots (fall will be here before you know it!) and jewelry like these Kendra Scott classic earrings and monogram necklace.

Happy shopping!

Fair-well xx,

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GOPRO FUN AT DISNEY

If you follow me on Instagram, you probably know I spent a few days last week in the most magical place on earth – Walt Disney World!  My sister and I had a blast embracing our inner child at Disney’s Magic Kingdom and Disney’s Hollywood Studios.  We were especially excited to try out our new GoPro – a waterproof video camera with a fish eye lens that captures amazing videos and photos.  I’m no pro at video editing, but I gave my first go at the above video compiling some of our favorite clips from our trip (it’s only 15 seconds long for Instagram purposes).

We also purchased the Evo accessory for our GoPro - a 26′ floating extension pole that allowed for selfie photos and videos galore.  This tool was absolutely perfect to capture memories on a vacation for two, because we didn’t have to worry about stopping strangers to take photos.  The tricky thing about the GoPro is that you can’t see the photos or videos immediately, but you can set it to take several photos at a time, so you’re bound to get a few gems you can use.

Below is a compilation of photos from our trip.  Some were taken with our iPhone 5′s, but most were courtesy of our new favorite tool – the GoPro! Read on to see our photos and get tips on how to make your next Disney trip even more magical.

35-vandi-fair-gals-take-disney-world-trip-vacation-lauren-vandiver-go-proIf you haven’t taken a Disney trip in the last year, then you probably haven’t experienced the magic of Disney Magic Bands!  These customizable bands serve as your park tickets, room key, fast passes (you can now make fast pass selections 30 days in advance), dining reservations and you can also link your debit or credit card to it and pay for everything in the park.

1-vandi-fair-gals-take-disney-world-trip-vacation-lauren-vandiver-go-proSince we booked our trip last minute, my sister and I stayed at the All Star Movies Resort. Whether you stay at a super affordable hotel like ours or a luxury resort, I definitely recommend staying in Walt Disney World.  You have easy, free transportation to all parks and other resorts, free transportation to and from the airport (you can even check your bags in at your resort, and you get the Disney Magic Bands for free!

DCIM101GOPRODCIM101GOPRO 2-vandi-fair-gals-take-disney-world-trip-vacation-lauren-vandiver-go-proWe spent our first day at the biggest park – Magic Kingdom.  We were so excited to see the iconic Cinderella’s Castle, New Fantasyland and ride classics like Mad Hatter’s Tea Cups and Dumbo the Flying Elephant.

30-vandi-fair-gals-take-disney-world-trip-vacation-lauren-vandiver-go-proWe bought these sweet treats from Main Street Confectionary and they were even better than they look – red velvet pops with marshmallow ears!

6-vandi-fair-gals-take-disney-world-trip-vacation-lauren-vandiver-go-proDCIM101GOPRO4-vandi-fair-gals-take-disney-world-trip-vacation-lauren-vandiver-go-pro31-vandi-fair-gals-take-disney-world-trip-vacation-lauren-vandiver-go-proThe GoPro with the Evo stick made it so easy to take photos on rides – a luxury we’d never gotten before, so we went all out.

DCIM101GOPRODCIM101GOPROI recommend making dining reservations before your stay (which you can do up to 180 days in advance).  We booked last minute, so favorites like Be Our Guest Restaurant and Cinderella’s Royal Table at Magic Kingdom were booked, so I made reservations at The Plaza Restaurant - which was darling, delicious and had a great view of Cinderella’s Castle.

3-vandi-fair-gals-take-disney-world-trip-vacation-lauren-vandiver-go-proMy own phone happens to have Sleeping Beauty’s Castle at Disneyland in California on the case, so I had to get a shot in front of Cinderella’s.

36-vandi-fair-gals-take-disney-world-trip-vacation-lauren-vandiver-go-proLike most people in the world, I’m a huge fan of Frozen, so we had to stop by Hollywood Studios to experience Frozen Summer Fun, featuring a parade, musical performance, Wandering Oaken’s Trading Post, a fireworks show and more!

DCIM101GOPRODCIM101GOPRODCIM101GOPRODCIM101GOPRODCIM101GOPROMy sister and I enjoyed thriller rides like the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror and Rockin’ Roller Coaster, and live performances like Beauty and the Beast at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

DCIM101GOPROWe made reservations at the Sci Fi Dine In Theatre, a 50′s themed indoor drive in movie featuring sci-fi-themed films from the 1950′s and delicious food!

5-vandi-fair-gals-take-disney-world-trip-vacation-lauren-vandiver-go-proWe topped off our mini-trip with a spectacular Frozen-themed fireworks show, led by Anna, Elsa and Olaf and featuring songs from the new hit movie.

Fair-well xx,

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SPARKLE AND STRIPES

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If you can’t already tell, I’m a huge fan of clothing with unique silhouettes, so I was immediately drawn to this top I spotted at Zara (the top is unfortunately sold out but you can find a similar one by River Island).  The slight crop, bold black and white stripes, and dramatic bell sleeves begging for a pairing equally as pretty, which is why I was so excited to find this white embellished skirt by Gianni Bini to pair with it (now on sale!).  I accented the silver beading on the skirt with these gorgeous silver studs from Kendra Scott and these silver capped heels by Chinese Laundry.  Since I’m wearing all neutrals, I wanted to go with a bold lip color, and this Maybelline lipstick in Hot Plum provided the perfect pop (which just so happened to compliment this darling little pink house on Fifth Street in Austin).

I wanted to do something a little different with my hair.  It was curled the night before, so I teased the top a bit, gathered it as I would for a low pony and twisted for a messy bun shape.  A few bobby pins and hair spray, and I had a less-than-5-minute updo that went perfectly with this look.

I love this look for a date night in the city (in fact, I may even wear it to a dinner date while I’m here in Chicago!).

Fair-well xx,

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FAIR FINDS – THEME PARK

theme-park-essentials-disney-world-fair-finds-blog-blogger-fashion-vandi-fairWATCH:  Asos  //  TRACKER:  Fitbit  //  MINNIE EARS:  Asos  //  EARRINGS:  Kendra Scott  //  NAIL POLISH:  Deborah Lippmann  //  TEMPORARY TATTOOS:  Flash Tattoos  // SUNNIES:  Nasty Gal  //  SHOES:  Nike Rosche  //  CAMERA:  GoPro  // PHONE CASE:  Red Bubble  //  HAIR TIES:  Nasty Gal  //  PURSE:  Nasty Gal  //  T-SHIRT:  Forever 21

Greetings from the happiest place on earth! Since packing for a trip to Disney World is fresh on my mind, I wanted to share some of the bare necessities when dressing for a day (or week) at a theme park.   My last visit to Disney World was in February for the Disney Princess Half Marathon, but I simply couldn’t stay away, so my sister and I took an impromptu girl’s trip for a few days.

Being cute and comfortable can prove to be a challenge.  My friend and I averaged walking 10 miles a day during our February trip (which we could track thanks to her FitBit), so having uncomfortable clothing or shoes is simply not an option. The most important thing to take care of when planning a day at a theme park is your feet.  Thankfully, tennis shoes are currently cool girl, and my little brother informed me these Nike Rosches are “fresh” right now (I especially love the ombre orange and pink).  Another item I would suggest is a fanny pack or very light back pack.  Tote bags are a pain to carry for hours and cross bodies are usually too small to carry your essentials for the day.  I’m in love with this super chic fanny from Nasty Gal!  If you’re a jewelry girl, leave the statement earrings and necklaces at home and swap them for bright studs like these from Kendra Scott and Flash Tattoos for your wrists, arms and even neck (still obsessing over this statement necklace-look alike). Leave the Ray Bans at home and opt for some fun, inexpensive sunnies like these heart shaped stunners from Nasty Gal (they even come with a chain so you won’t loose them on thrill rides.)

Since kitschy, graphic tee shirts and crops are so in right now, it’s so easy to find Disney or other cartoon tops in shapes and silhouettes other than the typical, starchy t-shirts you’ll find at the parks.  I’ve found several gems at Hot Topic and Forever 21, like this “I’m really a mermaid” graphic teeAsos has some adorable Mickey-themed accessories, including an assortment of adorable ears and this classic Mickey watch. Ta ta for now!

Fair-well xx,

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SUNNY DRESS

4-simply-chic-sun-flower-yellow-dress-girly-vandi-fair-blog-blogger-lauren-vandiver8-simply-chic-sun-flower-yellow-dress-girly-vandi-fair-blog-blogger-lauren-vandiver10-simply-chic-sun-flower-yellow-dress-girly-vandi-fair-blog-blogger-lauren-vandiver20-simply-chic-sun-flower-yellow-dress-girly-vandi-fair-blog-blogger-lauren-vandiver12-simply-chic-sun-flower-yellow-dress-girly-vandi-fair-blog-blogger-lauren-vandiver16-simply-chic-sun-flower-yellow-dress-girly-vandi-fair-blog-blogger-lauren-vandiver13-simply-chic-sun-flower-yellow-dress-girly-vandi-fair-blog-blogger-lauren-vandiversimply-chic-sun-flower-yellow-dress-girly-vandi-fair-blog-blogger-lauren-vandiver9-simply-chic-sun-flower-yellow-dress-girly-vandi-fair-blog-blogger-lauren-vandiver11-simply-chic-sun-flower-yellow-dress-girly-vandi-fair-blog-blogger-lauren-vandiverDRESS:  Simply Chic  //  HAT:  similar Nine West  //  SUNNIES:  River Island  //  NECKLACE:  similar Natasha Couture  //  HEELS:  similar Guess  // NAIL POLISH:  Pixie  //  WATCH:  Michael Kors  //  BANGLES:  Kendra Scott  //  BEADED BRACELET:  similar Boutique by Jamie  //  LINK BRACELET:  similar Kendra Scott  //  TOE NAIL POLISH:  Essie Mint Candy Apple  //  LIPSTICK:  Maybelline Colorsensational Vivids Pink Pop

A girl can never have too many go-to, girly sun dresses, and when I saw this bright yellow frock from Simply Chic, I couldn’t resist its sunny charm.   I absolutely love the darling shape, embroidered floral embellishments and scalloped hemline.  What’s even better is the amazing price!

The Texas heat certainly doesn’t stop wedding season, and with several of my own friend’s coming up, I wanted to create a look that would be perfect for an outdoor wedding.  These cat eye sunnies from River Island and this floppy sun hat ensures shade for optimal vow viewing.  I found this mother of pearl bib necklace a few years ago (similar here) and it went perfectly with the high necklace of the dress.  These strappy Guess sandals add just the right amount of height to complete the look.

Be sure to check out Simply Chic for more adorable and affordable clothing and accessories like this pretty little sun dress.

Fair-well xx,

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FOURTH OF JULY SALES

JULY-FOURTH-4TH-SALES-WEEKEND-PROMOS-VANDI-FAIR-ONLINE-CODESHappy Fourth of July!  In case you have any time in between eating BBQ, diving in the pool and relaxing on the boat, be sure to check out these AMAZING Fourth of July sales!  See below for my top picks!

Anthropologie // Extra 20% OFF sale items // Code: BUZZ20

BaubleBar // Receive $10 Off orders of $30+ // Code: JULYRS

Dolce Vita // EXTRA 30% off all shoes, clothing, and sale // Code:  FIREWORKS14

Furbish Studio // 15% off everything // Code: HAPPY4

Intermix // Additional 40% off of sale.

J. Crew // 40% off Final Sale // Code: SHOPMORE

Max & Chloe // Save 20% off sitewide // Code: JULY4

ModCloth // 50% Off

Nasty Gal // Get 80% off select items

Urban Outfitters // Online women’s, men’s, apartment and beauty items are up to 70% off

MAXI FEST

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MAXI DRESS:  Chic Nova  //  TEMPORARY TATTOOS:  Flash Tattoos  //  GLADIATOR SANDALS:  Pixie Market  // SUNNIES:  Ray Ban  //  EARRINGS:  Kendra Scott  //  RING:  Kendra Scott  //  BANGLES:  Kendra Scott  //  NAIL POLISH:  Essie Geranium  //  TOENAIL POLISH:  Essie Mint Candy Apple  //  LIPSTICK:  Maybelline Color Sensation Vivids Pink Pop

Fourth of July is just a day away and I’m headed to the lake!  In celebration of America’s birthday, I wanted to share a colorful, festive dress that’s perfect for the lake, beach or pool as a swim coverup (I actually styled it over a swimsuit int he photos above). It’s already packed in my bag for the weekend. ;)  I found this kaleidoscopic maxi dress online at Chic Nova and knew it would get plenty of wear in my closet.

If you can’t tell, I’m a major jewelry lover, but days outside in the Texas summer heat make wearing statement pieces difficult.  I was so excited that Flash Tattoos not only makes awesome, festival-cool bracelet and bangle temporary tats, but also pretty statement necklace look-alikes like the one above.  While these mega gladiator sandals may not be the best for tanning lines during my lakeside weekend, they sure look pretty with this dress.

Wishing you all a wonderful and safe Fourth of July weekend!

Fair-well xx,

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BOHO BRIGHT

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I was hesitant to try what I’ve called the “pajama pant” trend for a while, but when I came across these pants (similar here), I couldn’t resist the vibrant colors and fun batik print.  My legs are on the shorter side, so I have to pair with tall wedges like these anyway, but I was pleasantly surprised to find that the wedges took away the PJ-feel of the pants, but left all the comfort.  I was even more excited that they matched this gorgeous Kendra Scott necklace perfectly.  Topped off with this BCBGeneration top, and it created the perfect boho bright, city girl look.

Fair-well xx,

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