So if you’ve been following along with me on Instagram (@laurnashley), then you probably saw that I celebrated my birthday a couple weeks ago.
I headed to New York City and the Hamptons to spend time with my friends and enjoy some sun, sand, and LOTS of frozé! Because I wasn’t at home for my actual birthday, Jason and I celebrated early while I was still in Atlanta. Initially I really wanted a new bag, because….who doesn’t want a new fancy bag for the season? But, in recent years my taste in purses has gone on the pricy side and I splurged a little too much last year. In 2016 I got my Chloe, my Saint Laurent, and the big mama of all purses…my Chanel.
With all those big buys, I had to realize that I’m not Oprah and need to cool it on the expensive purse front! So while there are many bags that I have my eye on – I had resolved to hold off until Christmas or even next year. Being the amazing hubby he is, Jason decided to pick me up a birthday treat that he had seen on one of my recent Lust Lists: the Dior Twilly!
While I had originally planned on wearing it to work under a collared shirt, I remembered loving how I saw it wrapped around the handle of a handbag. Upon opening my gift, I immediately marched down to Dior and had them tie it around the handle of my Saint Laurent. I asked the associate if it was a faux-pas to have it wrapped around a different designer’s bag and she said not at all – people do it all the time! I have to say, I’m absolutely in love with the way it looks. I think it adds even more style and sophistication to an already classic and ladylike bag. The moral of the story is that I feel like with this small addition, my bag has been totally transformed! I feel like it’s a BRAND NEW bag and I’m even more excited to wear it with new outfits. Sometimes it just takes a little creativity or a different perspective to make something old feel new again. Love the look of a scarf tied around a bag? Check out this post featuring my fav scarves at a variety of prices!
So I’ve got to be honest…it’s hard feeling great about yourself all the time! In recent months, I’ve been hard on myself about my weight, accomplishments, and just forget that sometimes I can be my own worst critic. I get upset when clothes I used to love don’t fit anymore, or I feel like I can’t wear what I want. Despite those times, I know that all I can do is take steps to try and be better every day. It’s not about my weight, but being healthy and making better decisions for the long-term. When I feel this way, it’s rare and amazing when you find an outfit that makes you feel extra glamorous and special. That was this dress for me. I saw it in the window of DvF and instantly fell in love. With its flowy, kimono-esque style and vibrant colors, I thought it would be super flattering no matter what shape or size the wearer. I love that the wrap waist is adjustable and the high-low silhouette makes it easy to wear with heels, or even gladiator flats for a more casual daytime look. This time, I opted for nude accessories and strapped heels for a birthday/Fathers’s Day brunch with my dad. I felt extra confident in the look, and sometimes I forget that’s the most important accessory of all! I can’t wait to wear it again, and think it’s definitely a “must pack” for the Hamptons later in the Summer. Do you dolls like the look? Is there an outfit that makes you feel extra confident or special? Tell me more in the comments below!
In the past couple of weeks, I’ve been lucky enough to take a couple weekend trips back down South to soak up some sunshine and escape the cold and stress of the city. My first stop? Miami! To be honest, this trip had me seeing a different side of the sunshine state and the flavorful city down South. It’s funny since I’m actually from Florida, but the weekend exposed me to a new view of my home state.
First of all, Miami has grown so much in recent years. Jason and I stayed at the Ritz-Carlton in Coconut Grove, where we enjoyed relaxing afternoons by the pool. But in the evenings, we were close enough to hit South Beach, The Design District, and enjoy the city’s new architecture, restaurants, and shopping. We ate at our favorite modern Italian restaurant, Cecconi’s, at Soho Beach House and enjoyed a “Letters to Andy Warhol” exhibit during our last night in Florida. It was the perfect evening and perfect trip!
We also welcomed the escape from New York, because I was able to break out some summer-wear and put my over-the-knee boots away in favor of sexy sandals. During the day, I basically LIVED in this new black off-the-shoulder dress with a smocked top. The a-line cut made it super comfortable, while bare shoulders and bell sleeves kept it undeniably on-trend. I wore the dress with strappy nude sandals, and 70’s inspired details including my “Faye” bag and favorite hoop necklace. The fabric is so easy and breezy, I also threw it on over my swimsuit when heading to the pool the next day! The best part? The dress is only $59!! Can you believe it? I love that I can dress this up for a summertime evening event with some tall strappy sandals – or down with oversized sunnies and gladiators. This one is bound to be a staple in my closet once the weather gets warm again in NYC. Until then….we’ll always have Miami.
Black Frill A-line Ruffled Mini Dress: StyleWe. Nudist Goosebump Sandals: Stuart Weitzman. Faye Bag: Chloé. Harper Rope Chain Necklace: Jennifer Zener. Name Necklace: Etsy. Dusty Pink Sunglasses: NYC Street Fair.
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