Style Crush!

I don’t know about you guys, but I’ve personally been missing me some Style Crush action. So I brought in The Happy Flammily to kick off a reinstatement of the series! Woot woot! Read on for style (and other) tips from a gal who is cute to boot AND knows a thing or two about fashion, food, photography, and parenting. Ay-oh!

p.s. I’m guest posting over at Mindy Mae’s today, featuring another spin on the mixed print look and wearing one of their to-die-for statement necklaces. Ch ch ch ch check it out!


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Style Crush: Style Elixir!

It’s been awhile since we’ve had a Style Crush on the blog. I’m happy to be bringin’ it back, cuz by golly there’s just SO much good style out there in the big, bad blogosphere. Today’s Style Crush is a favorite of mine. Lauren and I worked on this cool Giveaway together (there will be more where that came from!) and immediately became blogging buddies. She’s lovely inside and out, and of course – she got killer fashion sense. Which is why Lauren of ‘Style Elixir‘ is today’s…

Style Crush!

Read on for her best fashion and blogging tips!

p.s. Be sure to come on back tomorrow for a Giveaway with JEWELMINT!

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1. How would you describe your style?

I would say it’s feminine and polished, but with an edge. I truly believe the devil’s in the detail… so I adore little touches, a sparkle here or there, a bow, an unexpected pop of color.

2. Who are your fashion icons? 

I adore Olivia Palermo, Giuliana Rancic and Lauren Conrad.  Their style is gorgeous, but it’s also fun and accessible – the kind of things we can wear in our everyday lives.

3. Where do you go for fashion inspiration? 

I love reading other blogs, but as strange as it may sound, I actually get a lot of inspiration from tv.  I must confess, I do watch my share of Giuliana & Bill, Real Housewives and Kardashians, so I’m always noticing cute shoes or tops! 

4. What are the top three places you shop?  

It’s hard to narrow it down to only three!  I’m sure I had a mild addiction to Shopbop at one stage, but also love Nordstrom, J.Crew and Piperlime.

5. What’s your ‘Go-To’ outfit for when you need to get ready in a flash? 

I seem to reach for skinny jeans, a white top, statement necklace or my favorite leopard print scarf, a tailored blazer and patent black almond toe pumps.

6.  Do you follow trends?  If so, what trends excite you at the moment?  

Yes and no.  I do like to see what’s trending, but I don’t follow it explicitly.   I think it’s great to be inspired by trends, but it’s important to make them your own and know what suits your body.  At the moment, I love the bright colors and metallics that are popping up everywhere. I’ve also developed an obsession with peplum, although unfortunately I think that trend is coming to an end, but I do adore it.

7.  Why is the way you look/dress important to you?  

Yes, I have to say it is.  But not because I am really conscious of impressing others or keeping up with the latest styles, it’s more about feeling confident, feminine and put together for myself.  Even if I’m at home alone, I like to put on a cute pair of matching pajamas just because it makes me feel good!

8.  What fashion or styling tips would you give to women who want to improve their sense of style?  

The best advice I’d give is… take the time to really understand what works for you.  As mentioned before, I don’t often follow the latest trends to a tee, I know what does and doesn’t suit my shape and I adapt to work with that.  Also, get to know which colors are best for you.  Believe it or not, I used to be quite a light blonde and since going darker, I’ve had to change the colors I wear. It makes a big difference!

And finally, when you’re trying on clothes, go with your gut.  You know when you put something on and it instantly feels perfect?  Well, that’s when you buy.  Don’t talk yourself into it – and don’t buy something thinking you’ll loose a couple pounds… I’ve done that before and I’m pretty sure the tag’s still on it! Oh and one more… always do a full 360 before leaving the house, people see you from the back too – so make sure everything’s as it should be!

9.  What made you want to start Style Elixir?

It actually all started through reading one of my favorite blogs and having a light bulb moment that “this is what I truly want to do!”  I am so passionate about it and love having the opportunity to create a real community.  I’ve absolutely adored meeting so many new people – and not just that, I’ve also made some wonderful friends.  I can’t imagine having not done this and met the people I have.  I think when you start blogging, you have no idea where it will lead or the impact it can have on your life. I continue to be amazed every day by the people and opportunities presented – I’m so grateful.

10.  What are the top three tips you’d give to bloggers wanting to build their following?  

It really is all about people, so get to know your fellow bloggers!  Make an effort to take a genuine interest in others and build connections.  It makes blogging so much more enjoyable!  Find your “voice”, this takes time but it’s such an important part.  I know it can be hard when you read other blogs and feel like they are so stylish, clever and funny (Shannon, I’m looking at you!), but it’s important not to compare yourself and remain true to who you are, what you love and your views.  Everyone has something unique to contribute, so just be yourself – people will love and appreciate you for it!  And finally, be consistent.  It’s hard juggling life and everything that comes with blogging, but readers adore knowing when they come to your site there will be new content they can soak up and enjoy.

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Thanks Lauren for letting me crush on you!

Have a Wonder Years Wednesday…

Thanks for stopping by!


Style Crush: Sweetest Somethings!

This girl: beautiful, sweet, and stylish as can be. Get ready – I included a gazillion pics of this beauty because I just couldn’t narrow it down! Dina of fashion blog Sweetest Somethings has got STYLE peeps!  Which is why she is this week’s

Style Crush!

Check out her fashion and blogging tips below. And be sure to check out her killer blog!

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1.  How would you describe your style? 

My style is definitely girly and feminine, almost to a fault.  I usually find myself putting in effort to try to punk it up a bit.  I love delicate pieces with lace and ruffles, or pretty floral prints but I always try to add some edge with flat booties or a fun necklace.

2. Who are your fashion icons?

Like most women on earth I am in love with Olivia Palermo and Miranda Kerr’s street styles.  How do they always nail it every time, even when just going for coffee?! I also love everything Rachel Bilson wears, she’s just so tiny and cute.

 3. Where do you go for fashion inspiration?

I read a ton of blogs each day, I love seeing everyday girls in their everyday outfits.  I use my pinterest a lot but often find myself being old fashion and folding down pages in magazines like Vouge and People Style Watch of outfits I adore.  I also get inspired by where I’m going or things I have to do.  If I’m traveling, going to work, or have a party to attend I always try to dress based on the occasion.

 4. What are the top three places you shop?

I’m an online shopping junkie and am always ordering from Revolve Clothing, ASOS, and Shopbop.  For in person shopping I love hitting up H&M, Forever21, and LOFT.  I also love a good department store like Bloomingdale’s since they have so much variety!

 5. What’s your ‘Go-To’ outfit for when you need to get ready in a flash?

Definitely skinny jeans, a printed top, a chambray shirt (I am obsessed with mine), and a bootie.6.  Do you follow trends?  If so, what trends excite you at the moment?

I do follow trends, although there are some I just can never seem to get on board with, there are others I love!  I am super into black & white stripes at the moment, I love peplum, and have always been into leather & neon.

7.  Why is the way you look/dress important to you?

I know it sounds silly, but I just feel SO much better when I feel good about what I’m wearing.  If I’m comfortable and feel put together I feel more ready to take on a day.  I read once that you can’t have a bad night if you love your outfit and I think that’s really true.

8.  What fashion or styling tips would you give to women who want to improve their sense of style?

I would say be comfortable, but by comfortable I don’t mean yoga pants and your husband’s t-shirt.  Find a style that your comfortable in and makes you feel good about yourself.  Don’t worry about trends or what others are wearing and just wear what you gravitate towards.  After you find what makes you the most comfortable, whether it be high waisted jeans, all black, a blazer, etc. then try adding in some trends that you think are cute.  Start small with a statement necklace or a pair of shoes you’ve been dying to try and see where it takes you.  Most importantly, don’t take it to seriously and have fun.  The most important thing is that you feel good about yourself.

9.  What made you want to start a blog?

I’ve been a long time reader of fabulous blogs (like yours Shannon!) and it always inspired me to start my own.  I love getting dressed, cooking, and trying new things so it seemed natural to share them with others.  My boyfriend encouraged me to just try it out (mainly by agreeing to be my photographer which is a HUGE help), and I figured I would just give it a go.  The response has been amazing and I love meeting new people through this and getting inspired.

10.  What are the top three tips you’d give to bloggers wanting to build their following?  

1- Write what you love, and don’t worry about what everyone else is writing about.  If 1,000 bloggers are covering fashion week you don’t need to be the 1,001 person unless you want to.

2- Connect with others through social media and comments.  If you see something on a blog you love REACH out.  9 times out of 10 I’ve gotten great responses from people and they really appreciate it.

3- PIN your images to pinterest.  I can’t tell you how many blogs I’ve found through clicking on a pretty image.

11.  Anything further you’d like to add?

Thank you Shannon for featuring me!  I’ve found so many blogs through your style crush award and am excited to be joining the team.

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 Isn’t Dina fab? There’s more where that came from at Sweetest Somethings! Ch ch ch ch ch CHECK IT.

Thanks Dina for letting me crush on you!


Have a Thunder Thursday!

Thanks for reading!