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The Real “It” Factor

It’s Monday night (or Tuesday morning?) and I just had a revelation about the “it” thing that everyone keeps talking about. You know, the “it” factor, the “it” girl on the scene. Well, I have some news for you – the REAL “it” isn’t about the latest handbag, or conveniently utilizing your summer favorites as your fall staple pieces. No, there has to be something more behind the real “it” factor – something that can never be “so last season”, or “only appropriate in your 20s”.  There HAS to be something that we’ve all been missing.

And then it hit me.

“It” isn’t about how you drape and accessorize for an outward appearance, or how well you recreate looks from your favorite runway shows. It’s about the words and the thoughts that you feed your soul. Not the words of the great philosophers or the thoughts that make us feel warm and fuzzy – I’m talking about REAL WORDS and REAL THOUGHTS that make us reconsider our life choices, and feel compassion for those that have wronged us, and feel joy even in the midst of the most trying situations.

“The good works that God had in mind when He thought of you were so glorious that He declared across the ages that you were His very own masterpiece. God has had His eye on you since the beginning of time to do something so extraordinary through your life that even angels would stand back in wonder and long to do what you were created to do!”

“So here’s what I want you to do. God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary life – your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life – and place it before God as an offering. Embracing what God does for you is the best thing you can do for him. Don’t become so well adjusted to our culture that you fit into it without even thinking. Instead, fix our attention on God. You’ll be changed from the inside out. Readily recognize what He wants from you, and quickly respond to it. Unlike the culture around you, always dragging you down to its level of immaturity, God brings the best out of you, develops well-formed maturity in you.” – Romans 12:1-2

All this being said, I still completely support a solid Steve Madden purchase (I’d be crazy if I didn’t), and I’m going to continue to scour the outlets searching for the best deals on designer swag; however, it’s vitally important to remember that the real “it” factor lies in our Savior, and we are nothing without His love, grace, and strength.

XOXO,

 

Lauren

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The Purge Before The Splurge

I love summer as much as the next girl, but I must admit that I’ve been yearning to layer chunky sweaters over skinny jeans with my Steven Madden riding boots! And so, my weekend was spent with hours filtering through Pinterest and the pre-fall look books of my favorite designers, and daydreaming of how perfect the new Burberry line would look in my closet. And then I looked at my closet, and noticed the tank I have been holding onto all summer because there might be a time when it would look perfect, and the dress that I definitely remember wearing to a BBQ when I was in high school, then there are the brown wedges circa 2009 that were a questionable impulse purchase at the time and definitely have no room in my fashion future. It’s time to purge – and I know I’m not alone.

Knowing myself, and my strange attachment to clothing, I’ve decided to take charge with this new desire to minimize and have given myself a tight timeline to go through my closet (and my shoe racks!!) by the end of the week, putting everything into separate piles: Keep, Sell, Donate, Trash.

Here are my thoughts on when you know it’s time to pitch an item: If it hasn’t been worn in over a year; If it has an Abercrombie or Hollister tag and you’re over the age of 19; If it’s been through the wash so many times that you can no longer read the care instructions; If you’ve ever thought “I can sew that back on” and still haven’t. I promise that there is an upside to downsizing!

After you’ve gone through your wardrobe and have everything out of your room that you no longer want or need, decide what is OK to sell and what is OK to donate. If you’re unsure whether something holds value to resell, take it to your local consignment shop and ask! If you don’t have a preferred non-profit to donate clothing to, check out Buffalo Exchange! They have a network of amazing local non-profits, and can donate anything they are unable to purchase from you.

Here’s the fun part… give yourself a goal and a reward for all of your hard work! My goal is to sell enough to be able to reward myself with a pair of Steve Madden boots – something practical for fall, and exciting enough to actually WANT to go through my closet. It’s ground breaking.

Have fun and GET AT IT!!

XOXO,

Lauren

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Talkin Bout Boots and Boys

Right around this time, every year, I get extremely antsy for the fall fashion trends… big sweaters, casual blazers, and my personal favorite, BOOTS! Fortunately for me, and pretty much every other girl I know, boots are a huge trend this fall, with some funky variations. Obviously, most of these trends are going to be available at Steve Madden (boot heaven, in case you didn’t know), but if you’re not willing to spend around $200 for a single pair, there are some chic look-a-likes at bargain prices.

Probably the most versatile boot to ever grace the market is this season’s “multi-way” – basically any boot or shoe that can be worn, you guessed it, multiple ways! An easy and super chic version of this trend is the knee-high boot that can be folded down to a half-calf boot, like the Berllinn by Steve Madden, which can be yours for the low-low price of $339.95. But why not go for this Mossimo for Target shoe for $34.99? And to answer your question, yes, these are in fact two different pairs of shoes, and yes, they are in fact practically identical. Click the photos to be redirected to the item on the store’s website.

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For all you eighties babies out there, the combat boot is officially back, and this masculine-chic trend is definitely one you don’t want to pass up. Feminize it by pairing the boot with a more frilly dress, or channel your inner biker chick with skinny jeans and a leather jacket. Either way, you’re sure to be a showstopper. Aldo has a pair for $100, but I personally prefer one of the many versions at Forever 21 – they have a little extra flair, and are about a third of the price. Check out this studded version for $32.80, or this classic version for $35.80.

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The lace-up bootie is fabulous, period. It’s an updated take on the town-shoe, and a chic way to integrate sky high wedges into any outfit. Steve Madden recently introduced a version of this trend with the Thronne, for $159.95, and the online store UrbanOG one-upped them with this incredible look-alike for $27.80. Get on it fast though, fashionistas, they tend to sell out in a flash!

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With these fabulous finds, you’ll be turning the sidewalk into a catwalk, and turning heads as soon as you leave your doorstep.

XOXO,

Lauren

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