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April 2015

BOUDIOR SHOOT – A NEW TO-DO FOR BRIDES

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A few weeks after I got engaged, I went with one of my best friends to a bridal show in Dallas. In a word it was…overwhelming. I had just wrapped my head around the basics of wedding planning and suddenly I was surrounded by hundreds of booths with very active and boisterous sales/vendors pitching me left and right. The one perk we figured? I got a sheet printed with my information on it so I could easily enter into every booth’s raffle giveaway. I made it my mission to enter as many raffles as I could before the overly eager sales people drove us out the doors. From free honeymoons to free wedding cakes, I figured I had to win something.

Well, I did. Although it was not was I was expecting. I got an email a few weeks later saying I’d won a free boudoir shoot. If you’re unfamiliar with what that is, you’re not alone. It’s a new trend in the bridal industry that involves having photos taken of yourself in lingerie or next-to-nothing and other props to give as a wedding gift for your husbands eyes only. This particular company will come to Dallas, reserve a room at a boutique hotel such as Hotel Zaza or the Joule and take photos of you in four different looks. It’s honestly something I wouldn’t have spent money on or have thought of doing if I hadn’t won it. But since it was free, I decided why not? And now that I am doing it, I wonder why it wasn’t a priority in the first place. I can think of five solid reasons why doing a bridal boudior shoot is a good idea:

1. If not now then when would you ever consider doing something like this for your husband (or yourself)?

2. You’re already getting in the best shape of your life for the dress, why not have something to document how amazing your body looks beneath that dress (and remind your husband what a lucky guy he is)?

3. Your friends are already spending money on nice lingerie, so you’ll have plenty of new looks to choose from.

4. There are half-naked women practically everywhere these days, from billboards to mainstream television. It’s time your husband had photos (for his eyes only) of his wife looking like a sexy, confident vixen.

5. You will have a personal, unique gift to give your man on the day you get married and he is guaranteed to love it.

I have the shoot scheduled, but I haven’t done it yet. The hardest part for me has been trying to think of outfits I’d like to wear. While I won’t be ordering large prints of the photos (they do offer that), I simply don’t want any photos of myself in super risqué lingerie in the case that (Lord forbid) my future children stumble upon them. For that reason, I’ve been resorting to cute babydolls, chemises, and robes that I could pair with my veil (and that I could also actually wear to sleep in the future). This one from Triumph, for example, would be perfect for a look paired with my veil (and they also have a matching robe!). I’d shared another lingerie set I received from Triumph several months ago, and the navy lace, vintage-inspired set would also pair nicely with a matching robe for the photo shoot. They have amazing options that are also quite comfortable. You can check out their full bridal lingerie line here.

While I’ve become accustom to having my photos taken for the blog, I’d be lying if I didn’t say I was extremely nervous about this particular shoot. I’ll be taking my little sister along for moral support. Stay tuned for a review of how the shoot went, and wish me luck!

Fair-well xx,

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SHEERLY FLORAL

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Asymmetrical or “origami” skirts have been trending for a few seasons, and now you can find them in every length and color. I love the flattering, unique silhouette of these skirts and the edgy twist it gives to feminine skirts. I’ve styled this coral origami skirt (similar) months back on the blog, but I wanted to bring it back again for this spring season. I’m also a big fan of the sheer top details that are trending and for this look, I pulled this mesh long sleeve bodycon floral dress out of my closet to pair under the skirt (I’ve never actually worn it as a dress – it’s a bit too tight for my style). I dressed it up with these neutral strappy sandals by Steve Madden and these periwinkle sparkly earrings I got in my current month’s Rocksbox (remember – you can sign up and get your first month for FREE with code “laurenxoxo5”). My lilac manicure I just got from the amazing Bellacures salon in Dallas complemented the look perfectly. This is a fun and feminine weekend outfit that could easily take you from day to night.

Happy weekend everyone!

Fair-well xx,

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POP OF RED

black-white-skirt-byer-california-vandi-fair red-bootiesface-clutchblack-white-red-outfitblack-white-striped-skirtgorjana-cuff-rocksboxred-black-white-summer-outfit side-braid-hair-style vandi-fair-dallas-fashion-bloggervandi-fair-dallas-fashion-blog CROP TOP: similar River Island  //  VEST: Sheinside  //  SKIRT: Byer California  //  CLUTCH: similar Kate Spade  //  BOOTIES: similar Modcloth (and on sale!)  //  NECKLACE: Prima Donna //  HAT: similar BCBG  //  ZIG ZAG BANGLE: Gorjana from Rocksbox  //  STONE CUFF: Teal House Collection  //  WATCH: Michael Kors

My favorite way to wear black and white is always with a pop of color, and there’s just something about black, white and a pop of red that is so timeless in fashion. I’m happy that crop tops are back for spring and summer and my favorite way to wear them is still with a high waisted skirt. I got this crop top from Zara a couple of years ago and I still wear it so often. A good white crop top is definitely a good item to invest in for the season. I got this sassy, striped pencil skirt from Byer California and it is oh-so-comfy. It literally feels like I’m wearing stretchy yoga pants, and could easily be worn to the office. I paired this white vest I snagged at She Inside with the look to add a little more coverage.

I added my pop of color with these red booties, which are perfect for a mild spring day, and this adorable wink clutch, which also inspired my own red lipstick. I wore gold jewelry with an edgy touch like this tassel choker necklace and zigzag bangle bracelet (from my latest Rocksbox set) to complete the look. The wide brim black hat makes this look perfect for a day at the horse races (or simply brunching with the girls).

Fair-well xx,

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GINGHAM GARDEN

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SKIRT: Shabby Apple  //  TOP: Shabby Apple  //  SUNNIES: Kate Spade  //  MONOGRAM NECKLACE: Max & Chloe  //  HEADBAND: World Market  //  EARRINGS: Kendra Scott

I’m so happy that fall’s plaid trend has transitioned to gingham for spring, and this gorgeous emerald and navy maxi skirt from Shabby Apple is the perfect way to wear the preppy print. I wore a Shabby Apple top several months ago (which you can see here) and I just can’t get enough of this feminine, vintage-inspired brand. If your a fan of twirly skirts and fun prints, you will absolutely love their pretty pieces and girly silhouettes.

I paired the maxi skirt with a navy cotton top, also courtesy of Shabby Apple. I absolutely love how soft and comfortable the fabric is and the tie (which can be tied any way, but I love the bow) hits at the perfect spot on the waistline. I paired the look with a gold leaf headband and these Moroccan-inspired earrings from Kendra Scott to give the look a bit of a boho feel.

I wore this look for a date night with Cole, and we conveniently found a grassy area full of these pretty yellow little blossoms so we could photograph it on the way.

Fair-well xx,

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