10 Reasons You Should Plan an Alaskan Cruise

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As promised, I’m back with another post from our incredible Alaskan Cruise we did back in mid-September with Princess Cruises. I’ve planned to do a full blog post on each of the three Alaskan ports we visited during our 7-day Alaskan cruise, but before I do that, I wanted to put together a little post on why an Alaskan cruise should absolutely top your bucket list (if it doesn’t already). I mentioned this in my last post about the cruise, but while I was so incredibly excited to explore Alaska, it wasn’t something that was previously on my list of places I absolutely must go. I mostly blamed that reservation on my husband’s obsession with the various Alaskan reality shows on Discovery Channel (I’m talking multiple-day, 12 hour marathons of Alaskan Bush People, y’all), which made Alaska seem a little more outdoorsy than this city girl was up for. I think it’s very clear that I was absolutely wrong because Alaska is the most beautiful place I’ve ever been (with plenty for everyone to see and do!), but I was shocked to hear from so many of you all via comments and emails that you shared that reservation until reading my posts and seeing my photos (which makes me SO happy!!)  For those of you who are still on the fence, here is a list of top 10 reasons you should absolutely book an Alaskan cruise ASAP!

Click on the read more button below to read all 10 of my reasons, find out what there is t and see more photos of what’s waiting for you to see in do in gorgeous Alaska.

PS – if you haven’t seen my travel vlog featuring me and Cole’s adventures on board the Ruby Princess ship, watch it here!

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Keep a Close Watch on This Colorful Brand

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BOW TIE & WATCH SET: c/o Charles Bow Tie  //  PINK BLAZER: Topshop  //  PINK PANTS: Topshop  //  PEEP TOE BOOTIES: Steve Madden  //  SKINNY SILK SCARF: J. Crew  //  WHITE TWIST TEE: similar Bobeau  //  EYE GLASSES: similar Derek Lam  // CROSSBODY BAG: c/o Lollo Vita //  LIPSTICK: YSL in Blood Orange Pact

It’s not very often that I suit up with a #girlboss look here on the blog (though I do run my own business, the dress code around here mostly involves pj’s), but today’s subject matter called for a little more dapper approach (and also I simply couldn’t resist this bubblegum pink suit). Today I’m super excited to talk about a new brand I’m all heart eyes over:  Charles Bow Tie. A playful and quirky watch brand with a love for all things British and adds a little something extra to every watch sold in their collection. PS – and just for my readers, you can enjoy 15% off your total Charles Bowtie purchase with code: SMILEWLAUREN.

Click on the read more button below to find out why myself (and Lucky too!) are loving this bold and colorful brand and get the full scoop on this office chic look featuring the cutest women’s pink suit.

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Winter is Near – Time to Amp Up Your Moisturizing Routine!

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FACIAL CLEANSING GEL: c/o Probulin  // DAY CREAM: c/o Probulin  //  FACIAL SERUM: c/o Probulin  //  VASE: MacKenzie Childs  //  POUF: similar Wayfair //  PINK TOWELS: Serena and Lily  //  FROG PRINCE : MacKenzie-Childs  //  SOAP DISH: MacKenzie-Childs  //  LEOPARD RUG: similar Wayfair

While this weekend’s flirtation with freezing cold (in this Texas’ girl’s opinion) lower 40-somethings weather in Dallas was rather brief, there’s one thing certain…Winter is near! While my hair is reaping all of the benefits from the drier weather (so long humidity!), I can already see the not-so-fun effects its having on my skin. Drier, colder weather means dry, itchy skin, and that mean it’s time to implement some extra moisturization your skincare regime. That’s why I knew it would be the perfect time to introduce you to a skincare brand me (and my skin!) are absolutely loving:  Probulin’s amazing new probiotic skin therapy line!

Click on the read more button below to find out how this incredible, protective line of skincare can make your skin look as if winter’s a lifetime away.  Read More

How to Wear Mom Jeans

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MOM JEANS: Topshop  //  RED SILK TOP: Treasure & Bond  //  BLACK LEATHER BOOTIES: Jack Rogers  //  LEATHER JACKET: similar Blank NYC  //  BELT: Raina Belts  //  SILK SCARF: J. Crew  //  LEOPARD BAG: BP.  //  HEART SUNGLASSES: Wild Fox  //  GOLD LION EARRINGS: BaubleBar  //  LIP STAIN: YSL in Grenat No Rules

Happy Fri-YAY friends!! As promised in this post, today I’m finally taking on the latest and greatest in this year’s denim trends…mom jeans! As I mentioned yesterday, I remember seeing my mother in early 90’s photos and thinking to myself “I will never wear jeans like that,” and yet here I am. So go do a little closet search in your momma’s closet (or just purchase this under $100 pair!) and read up on how to wear mom jeans in the 21st century.

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Trend To Try: The Ruffled Pant

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RUFFLE PANTS: John Zack  //  STAR PRINT CARDIGAN: c/o Chicwish  //  GRAPHIC TEE: similar Moschino  // FIDDLER HAT: Brixton  //  OPEN TOE BOOTIES: Steve Madden  //  RED SUNGLASSES: Le Specs  //  CROSSBODY BAG: c/o Lollo Vita //  LIPSTICK: YSL in Blood Orange Pact   //  HEART SHAPED EARRINGS: BP.  //  DAINTY NECKLACES: c/o Virgins Saints and Angels

There are certain years in fashion that are mega milestones as far as new trends are concerned, and while I’m no professional fashion forecaster (yes, that’s an actual job and one that was definitely up there on my dream job list), I think it’s safe to say that this year, 2017, is one of them. When trends take a major shift in everyday staples like denim (hello, mom jeans I swore I’d never wear) and footwear (mules, flats, and kitten heels have replaced the mega-high heels of yesterday, which I’m not mad about), you know there’s a movement happening in the world of fashion. That’s why I thought it would be the perfect time to start a new series on the blog, Trend to Try, where I take my spin on a new trend or must-have item, (and I’ll go ahead and apologize for the un-clever name, but SEO ya know?!)

For my first post, I’m styling a trend that’s giving me major fifth grade, late nineties Limited Too-circa deja vu…the mega ruffle pant. Click on the read more button below to get the full scoop on this ruffle pants outfit featuring the most darling, daring red cropped ruffle cigarette pants.

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