Snow Day Inspiration

I personally LOVE seeing snow in the forecast and love a snow day even more! Dallas Shaw pretty much hit the nail on the head in her book, The Way She Wears It, describing the expectations and reality of a snow day. (Buy a copy HERE, it's a great read!) 

In celebration of our first snow fall, here's some cozy inspiration! I was inspired by my trip to Iceland when making the mood board - the damp, cold air, rosy cheeks and scratchy wool.

Winter Mood Board

Happy snow day!

xx,
Lauren

Modern and Classic Style Me Pretty Feature

Modern and Stylish Bridesmaids Dresses

While I have a great appreciation for trends and new fashion, there’s something special and nostalgic about heirlooms and traditions, especially when it comes to weddings. This shoot was all about combining the contrasting elements of modern and traditional for refreshing twist.

With the main focus of mixing modern and traditional elements in mind, we knew we needed a classic venue. Water Works, a Philadelphia landmark could not have been more fitting. The neoclassical design and modern updates were the perfect back drop.

We rounded up a stellar group of vendors including and made a magical shoot!

Featured | @stylemepretty 
Photographer | @rachelpearlman
Fashion Styling | @trousseaustyle 
Planning | @laurelandelmevents
Jewelry | @lpriorijewelry 
Tux | @dieproper_phl
Bride + Bridesmaids Dress | @weddingpavilion 
HMU | @onlo_beauty 
Ice Cream | #mrsofty 
Invitations + Calligraphy | @lewesletteringco
Venue | @cescapheevents
Florist | @cottageflowersdesign
Bride's Shoes | @bhldn
Bride | @courtpott
Groom | @stevejmc
Cake | @qbeepastry

The Bride

We knew we wanted a classic wedding dress that really had the “wow” factor, and boy did we find it! This Anna Maier dress made of Duchess Satin with a detachable billowy train from Van Cleve was the perfect fit. It’s simple, elegant and truly stunning.

The jewelry was imperative for bringing the look together and L. Priori Jewelry had everything we needed. On her ring finger, the bride wore a classic solitaire “heirloom” diamond with two modern contoured V shaped wedding bands. On her right hand, she wore family jewels that would have been passed down from generation to generation. Her large pearl earrings finished the refreshing look.

We opted for a birdcage veil as it felt clean and vintage.The bride’s hair was sleek and smooth. Her side part and low bun is truly a timeless look. Coupled with fresh natural makeup and a coral lip by ONLO.

To contrast the traditional “all white” wedding look, we finished the look with a floral printed shoe from BHLDN.

The Bridesmaids

Originally, we envisioned contrasting printed bridesmaids dresses that were really bright, bold and fashionable. But when we saw these beauties at Van Cleve, we had to have them! The light blue color is bridal in a vibrant, updated way. And the silhouettes are just SO cool and unlike anything you see for a bridesmaid. A pantsuit, geometric texture and billowy sleeves are the recipe for a seriously stunning bridal party.

The bridesmaids hair and makeup was also sleek and smooth but also very modern by ONLO.

The Groom

For this classic wedding, we knew we wanted a traditional tux for our groom, and Common Wealth Proper is the place to go for modern suiting.

The Venue + Decor

Water Works operated by (Cescaphe Event Group) is a National Historic Landmark and one of Philadelphia’s most iconic destinations. With views of Boat House Row and the Center City skyline from its waterfront location at the foot of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the venue speak for itself. Wedding planner, Laurel & Elm and florist, Cottage Flowers added bright pops of color and details to highlight the venues natural beauty.

For more photos from this beautiful shoot captured by Rachel Pearlman Photography, check out the Style Me Pretty feature.

xx,
Lauren

How to Wear a Little Black Dress

Ways To Wear A Little Black Dress

I've talked about the importance of a good Little Black Dress before. It's the dress you can wear to any occasion, under any conditions and feel like a queen. If you're still on the prowl for an LBD, check out this post about finding the perfect one. 

If you already have one, get some inspiration about how to get some more milage out of this wardrobe essential from Ellelauri Boutique!

Cute + Casual

Layer a chunky sweater over your LBD for a cute and casual look. This transforms your dress into a skirt! I typically opt for a more cropped sweater when layering but I love this look too!

How to wear a little black dress
How to layer a sweater over a little black dress

Weekday Chic

Honestly, it doesn't get much more comfortable than this outfit. This cashmere cardigan is super cozy and practical for cold offices (WHY are offices SO cold?!). You could also layer a blazer for a chic workday look.

How to wear a long cardigan
How to wear a long cardigan

Date Night

When Saturday night rolls around, throw on a pair of heels or booties, add a red lip and you're ready to go. A leather bomber jacket makes this look a little edgy. I love adding a pop of color with this velvet clutch. 

How to wear a little black dress
How to wear a little black dress
How to wear a little black dress

Photo Credits

Photos | Ashlee Mintz
Clothing | Ellelauri
Styling | Trousseau Style

xx,
Lauren

Top 6 Chelsea Rain Boots, Under $100

Photo | Urban Outfitters

Photo | Urban Outfitters

When the Hunter boot trend took us by storm (pun intended ;), it inspired women to wear rain boots even when it wasn't raining! While they may look cute, I find rain boots to be incredibly clunky, awkward and uncomfortable to wear. I prefer a Chelsea boot. It's short and sweet, easy to slip on and can be dressed up or down. SHOP a few of my favorites below!

Most rain boots only come in full sizes. When in doubt, size up and layer your look with a cute and cozy sock. Stay dry! 

xx,
Lauren

Fall Investment Pieces

The more my wardrobe evolves, the more I take the "less is more" approach. Rather than spending a ton of money on "disposable" clothing that will only last a season, I find a few pieces that really emulate my personal style and are worth investing in. These pieces shouldn't be overly trendy, they should be classic and timeless so you can wear them for years to come.

Here's what's on my wishlist this fall. Click here to SHOP.

Remember to be intentional about your purchases and the pieces you bring into your life! When you invest in your wardrobe, you invest in yourself.

xx,
Lauren