In My Suitcase | Packing for Spain

One of my best friends is getting married in Spain this September, so we decided to make a trip out of it an do some exploring! Traveling always gives me a good excuse to get my wardrobe in order and invest in pieces I know I’ll get a lot of wear out of. Much like the weather here, the temperature will be back and forth between summer and fall, which creates an interesting challenge for packing.

Here’s what’s in my suitcase…

Psst, click below and read the notes for why I love each piece!

Here are some tips to keep you sane while packing and traveling…

  • ONLY bring something if you can wear it 3 different ways. For example, don't bring a top if you can only wear it with one pair of pants. Versatility is key when packing!

  • Take pictures of ALL your outfits combinations while packing. This way, you can refer to full outfits without unpacking (and as things get dirty).

Need help packing for your next trip or honeymoon, let’s chat! After you share a brief itinerary, we’ll pull items from your wardrobe and shop for the additional items you need. We'll take photos of each outfit and send you on your way with a personalized style guide. Email lauren@trousseaustyle.com to chat more!

xx,
Lauren

Style Story | Alana Oates of Llani

I recently had the pleasure of meeting Alana Oates and was instantly inspired by her style. Her personal style is cool and eclectic in a very effortless way that says, I really did wake up like this. While her relaxed-fitted jumpsuit and silk printed bomber jacket was just about the coolest #bumpstyle I've seen (yep, she's expecting), it was her shoes I noticed first. She wore a vibrant purple silk mule that I would later find out was a Babouche, a Turkish or Moroccan slipper with no heel. It was no surprise that she is a seasoned shoe designer and the owner of Llani, a globally-inspired shoe collection. You may have seen her shoes on The Zoe Report or InSTYLE Magazine.

 
Interview with Alana Oates
 

So, of course, I had to buy a pair! I opted for the Cheetah Babouche because I can’t deny an animal print done right. I would later find out that I was wearing my Llani’s exactly how Alana intended them to be worn - for comfort and glam inside the home and major style outside of the home. They have become the shoes I throw in my bag to wear while walking to and from appointments in the city and the shoes I look forward to slipping on when I get home from a long day.

If your need a pair too, use code TROUSSEAU_STYLE15 for 15% off!

But enough about me, let’s hear from Alana…

LH : Alana, tell us more about the early days and how you came up with the idea for Llani.

AO : I launched Llani in Sept 2016, upon leaving a corporate design position in San Francisco. I wanted to get back to the East Coast and after 8 years working for large companies, I was itching to do my own thing. I began with the idea of ‘shoes that feel like home’. I was working from home but also traveling a lot when I was conceptualizing Llani. I found myself opting for easy slides that could go from day to night, from airplane to hotel, from office to weekend. I loved creating embellished motifs and I knew my partners in India could do this like no one else. The embellishments gave the collection an added sense of luxury and femininity which was exactly what I was aiming for.  A little glam with a global vibe.

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LH : What is your design process? What inspires you?

AO : I usually start out a season or new collection with a muse. I’m constantly collecting imagery from books, magazines, IG, and Pinterest. I’ll start compiling all of those images on a mood board and see what it looks like narrowed down. Sometimes the muse emerges organically! Once I have the inspo nailed down, the designs and sketches all come from there. I know I’m on to something if I feel like the ideas are flowing out of me.

Llani Babouche in Dove w/ Catbird Wicked Game & Dew Drop Anklets

LH : Where do you source your gorgeous fabrics?

AO : With the exception of our Clara Collection, which was made from vintage silk gifted to me from my great aunt, all of our styles are leather or suede based and we embellish on top of that. When I’m in India, my first full day is usually spent at the trim markets to pull ideas for colors and motifs. All of our embellishments — beading, trims, and motifs, are delicately created by hand.  Many of the techniques we use are traditional in India and can not be replicated anywhere else in the world.

LH : Is there one pair of Llani shoes that completely embodies your personal style?

AO : It’s almost impossible to play favorites, but I would have to say our embellished room slide, which also happens to be our best seller. This style is the perfect mix of everything I would want in a shoe- a little retro, a little glam, a bit of shine, a beautiful neutral color, and can be, and have been, worn with just about everything from vintage Levi’s to a wedding gown!

LH : Tell us more about your personal style? Do you fall into one style category or prefer to experiment?

AO : I  like to experiment, but I’m always these three things: feminine, eclectic, glam (as borrowed from your Inside Style Workshop!).  I feel like as I come into my own style I like to try trends if they interest me, but I’m not chasing them. I’m also more confident to repeat outfits- something I swore off in my 20’s. If you find something that works- do it!

LH : How has your personal style evolved since starting Llani?

AO : Travel has been very influential in my style evolution. Not only needing to be able to pack a chic wardrobe on a whim (like I said- no shame in outfit repeating!) but also the pieces I have collected from traveling, give a sense of depth to my wardrobe. I now look for items made from finer natural fabrics like silk and linen because I know they will always be comfortable and look good.

 
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LH : Where are your favorite places to shop?

AO : In Philly, my favorite spots are Vestige, Meadowsweet Mercantile, & Vagabond. I wear and buy a lot of vintage and style it with higher end classic pieces.

LH : Ok, my favorite question, what city best captures the essence of your personal style?

AO : Jaipur is my perfect style city! It’s is a mecca for handicrafts, incredible markets, and street vendors.  The city itself is very traditional, very royal, then nestled inside are beautiful hidden design gems like  Bar Palladio  designed by Marie Anne Oudejans (whose private residence is also so stunning), SUJAN Rajmahal, and Taj Rambuaugh Palace.  I love the juxtaposition of the streets and traditional crafts paired with the high design. It’s so much like how I style myself.

Thank you for sharing your style story with us, Alana! All photos are courtesey of llanishoes.com.

xx,
Lauren

Romantic Rehearsal Dinner

Better (two years) late, than never! While feeling the nostalgic around our our two year wedding anniversary, I started looking through our wedding photos and found photos from our welcome dinner, too. I insisted on having our welcome dinner professionally photographed, and although I haven't used the photos (yet), I'm so glad I did! Reliving the memories of our wedding weekend was so fun! I only wish I knew what we were laughing about in these photos (scroll down!).

Romantic Rehearsal Dinner Trousseau Style

Since we had a destination wedding, we opted to invite all our guests to the welcome dinner. Not only was it a blast, it took the pressure off and allowed us to spend extra time visiting with our guests who traveled so far. 

Another added and unexpected bonus - our guests got a chance to meet, mingle and make plans for the weekend! The wedding weekend can be so busy for the bride, groom and their families. So we were thrilled to learn that our friends co-mingled and made plans to explore wineries together!

Take a look at the kick-off of our wedding weekend! I might be biased, but you can really feel the love! Scroll all the way down to see my rehearsal dinner style tips! 

Photography | Sweetlife Photography
Florist | Swoon Floral Design
Coordination | Your Perfect Bridesmaid
Venue | Elizabeth Chambers Cellar

Pretty cute right? I know, I know, you're here for the style tips...

Rehearsal Dinner Style Tips

  • You are officially kicking off your wedding weekend, show up like you're ready to party! Wearing all white is always my suggestion.
  • This is the appetizer, not the main course! Don't give away too many hints on the dress, i.e., don't wear the same fashion elements like a ruffle, bow, lace, etc.
  • Make sure you're look matches the venue and overall vibe of the wedding. If you're having a formal country club wedding, a boho maxi dress and flower crown might be a confusing choice for the rehearsal dinner.
  • As a shoe girl myself, I'm always tempted by sky-high heels. But remember, tomorrow is a long day and you don't want to start it with sore feet.
  • Getting your hair and makeup professionally done definitely takes the pressure off. If that's not an option, a blow out will help prep your hair for the next day. Just make sure they don't overdo it with product.

xx,
Lauren

(Not So) Mellow Yellow

How to wear yellow

The Duchess of Sussex, recently donned a sunny yellow dress to attend the Commonwealth Youth Challenge Reception in London. The dress, by Brandon Maxwell, is a classic sheath with a boat neck. The midi length made is ultra-conservative and modern all at the same time.

Yellow has gained popularity this season, especially being coined as "Gen-Z Yellow", Millennial Pink's counterpart. I've welcomed the color with open arms! Here are some of my favorite pieces....

Ok, so you've found something you love, now, how to wear it!?

Do test the waters.

Not sure about the bright color? Start with small accessories like earrings, a handbag, bandana or sunglasses.

Do commit to one color.

Oh, you're ready to make a statement? Commit to yellow and avoid adding too many other colors to your look. With the exception of lip color (which I fully support), notice these ladies accessorize with neutrals.

Don't mix too many other colors.

Let the yellow do the work. Mixing prints with too many other colors is disrtacting and busy.

Do balance with neutrals.

Rather than adding other colors, balance your yellow prints with neutrals.

Don't be too matchy-matchy.

Avoid being overly matchy-matchy. Either commit to wearing yellow or accessorize with neautrals (see above).

Do wear with white.

White and yellow make a crisp combo!

Do wear with jeans.

Pair with your favorite jeans, jean skirt or chambray top for a breezy summer look!

xx,
Lauren

Living Floral Tattoos

I'll be honest, I had never heard of floral tattoos before Emily of Emily Wren Photography asked me to style this photo shoot for Love N' Fresh Flowers. Flower crowns, absolutely, floral appliqué, yes, floral tattoos, nope! But now that I've worked with them, I'm a huge fan!

Trousseau Style Boudoir Shoot

Floral tattoos are basically just flowers glued on to a large adhesive strip (like the sticky part of a bandaid). They're meant to be worn on the body as an accessory and are especially perfect for events surrounding weddings and new babies. We used them here for a classy boudoir shoot, but they would be perfect for a bridal shower, baby shower or maternity shoot. And of course, they would be beautiful to accessorize a wedding day look. However, while they are pretty sticky, I wouldn't plan on wearing them the entire day. After all, they are real flowers and with sweat and body heat, they might not last.

Trousseau Style Boudoir Shoot

Jennie from Love 'n Fresh Flowers made these in a few different shapes. We loved styling the "S" shape and found it created a beautiful fluid movement. A "U" shape would also be fun to frame a pregnant belly! As you can see below, having a variety of shapes was really fun to play with.

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Emily gave me some direction and inspiration for the shoot with beautiful vintage lingerie and lots of color blocking. This shoot took place in April, and after a looong winter, we were all ready for lots of COLOR! I opted for higher waisted silhouettes, boy shorts, wide waisted bras and body suits to stay in line with the vintage feel. It was such a joy working with these talented creatives!

Photography by Emily Wren Photography
Flowers by Love n' Fresh Flowers
Hair and Makeup by True Beauty Marks
Models from Reinhard Agency
@blairadair | @j_whyy
Backdrops by Dusted Backdrops