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Happy 4th of July!

Happy 4th of July y’all!

We are celebrating the 4th with family this year! I’ll be sharing all about our trip coming soon but I wanted to share this super fun look today! I always love having a fun red,white, and blue look for the 4th but especially pieces that I can wear all throughout the year with other things!

This retro dress comes in tons of colors and lengths at Old Navy and the fabric is super light weight and easy to wear! I paired mine with a distressed white denim jacket from LC Lauren Conrad along with blue heel sandals also LC Lauren Conrad and retro inspired sunnies also from Old Navy and Kate Spade earrings!

I just appreciate that all the pieces are good paired with other things in my closet! The dress would be cute with sandals. The jacket is cute with other dresses or pants and a top and those shoes go with everything!

What do y’all do for the 4th? Do you have any traditions? Let me know!



April Ellie Look & Fitness Update

Happy April Everyone!

Time is just flying by this year! If you follow me over on Instagram @lifestyle_w_laramie you know that towards the beginning of February I decided to make a commitment to myself and replace “I don’t have time” with “It’s not a priority” when it came to my fitness schedule. Well once I started doing that my mind shifted and I started carving out time 4 times a week to workout, this is huge for me as I have never liked the gym. I’ve been a ballroom dancer my whole life and have never liked a gym atmosphere. however after college and not having as much dance at my disposal I became lazy and didn’t put myself first.

That ended almost two months ago because as we focus on wedding planning and building a life together I realize that if I don’t build these habits now with my health and wellness and focus on myself when will I ever? I want to be the best version of myself when I walk down the aisle not just physically, but mentally. That all starts with putting myself first and making moves!

That being said cute active-wear also motivates me to work out and y’all know that I have loved Ellie for years! They send the cutest work out clothes from the best brands! Below is a fun look from their April collection and I’m loving the cool cut outs on the pants! I definitely recommend checking them out especially if you’re looking to try some new pieces!

That’s all for today, just remember sometimes it’s important to put YOURSELF first! Take time for yourself, self care is so important and can really change everything you do and your outlook taking just a little time for yourself!

Loft & Life Chats

We are half way through the week friends, yay!

This week is a super busy one for me full of events and fun things! I wanted to share something fun with you that I had the opportunity to do yesterday. You all know how much I love Loft, I mean let’s be honest over half my closet is Loft but yesterday I had the chance to actually go into Loft at the Altamonte Mall and try on some of their new fun pieces for fall! Literally it was a dream come true to get to work with a brand I love so much! I had the honor of meeting some great girls and working with them last night to do a try on session, check it out on my IG stories @lifestyle_w_laramie! They were the sweetest people and so fun to work with! Literally so grateful I get opportunities to do things like this!

So now on to this look, of course it’s Loft! This is a suit I got for our Vegas trip a few weeks ago and wanted to share it with you! I have never tried Loft swimsuits before and I ordered 3 for this trip! I loved EVERY SINGLE ONE OF THEM! I was totally surprised but I really did love the fit and cut of each one and they were perfect for my trip and trips to come! Anyways this one is so fun with the lace up detail and the fun colors I couldn’t pass it up! I paired it with some hot pink sunnies from Loft as well and sandals from Old Navy to top it off! The whole look is under $50 as you all know I love a good deal and got everything one sale, I had my eye on this suit for a long time! Loft is just literally perfect for the everyday woman and I just absolutely love shopping with them! Make sure to check out their current sale which is 40% EVERYTHING!

As for everything else going on we are now into what I feel is my busiest time of year! I have some weddings I’m shooting in October and November. I’m planning my own wedding (I promise I will be writing a post about this soon). I have tons of blogger events to attend. Still work my 9-5 job and have a few trips lined up as well. Not to mention the holidays are coming! I mean really after Halloween is over you blink and it’s Christmas!

Again so thankful for all of you that take the time to read my blog and like my IG posts! I am so grateful for all of you! Hope you have a great week and I will see you next Wednesday! xoxo

Fall Collab with KRZA by Krystle Dawn

If you have been with me since the beginning of my blog you have definitely seen KRZA around! I'm so excited to be collaborating with Krystle from KRZA by Krystle Dawn! She gave me one of my first brand rep opportunities and it meant the world to me when I was first starting out that someone would take me on as a brand rep! After being a brand rep for several seasons I'm so excited that we are finally collaborating on Lifestyle with Laramie! Below you will find a Q & A with Krystle on being a business owner and girl boss extraordinaire! She's such a sweet person and I hope you all love learning more about her, as well as check out some of her current pieces! Keep scrolling there might be a surprise for you towards the end!


What made you want to make headbands?

When I was in my last semester of design school I would take scraps of fabric and my instructor said I looked great in what I was creating and that I should sell headbands. I started my business about a month later and never looked back.

How do you balance your business and personal life?

I don't think I've found the answer to this question yet. I think my idea of balance wouldn't really work for anyone else. I feel the most balanced when I'm creating or at my sewing machine. So I guess my personal life is my business. Of course I love a good comedy show every now and then. And I take Sunday's off for football. That's my balance lol!

How do you go about choosing the colors and prints for your pieces?

I create about 90% of my prints. I found an artist who speaks to my brand. When I have a print idea I text her and we work on the prints until it's what I envisioned and then I have it printed for my shop. As far as colors I took color theory and textiles in college so I get to put all of that knowledge to use every season when choosing solids.

What advice would you give fellow girl bosses and creatives?

Work hard. Don't compare yourself to anyone else. Always just focus on your shop and you'll come out on top. I'm not suggesting to be mean or selfish, but sometimes there's a lot of drama in the small shop community and some people can let it bring them down and nothing good can come of that.

What is your favorite style and print personally?

I wear the faux turban the most. I have a big head so it really narrows my head. My favorite print ever is my Quartz print. I'm really into crystals, the moon, and space so I went to my artist and asked if she could paint me some crystals and she did such an amazing job. I don't think I'll ever not carry the Quartz print. My logo is also a crystal which is a play on my name. So it fits my shop perfectly.

What is the most rewarding part of your business?

Meeting awesome customers. Being a small shop owner is stressful. You're usually doing everything alone. So sometimes it can feel like you're not doing enough or you are failing, but then you get a message from a customer saying your item made their day or they feel confident wearing it and it really is the best feeling in the world.

What is the meaning behind your brand name?

KRZA doesn't stand for anything. It's not an acronym. It's actually my nickname from when I was younger. I love hip hop and Wu-Tang so my cousin nick named me KRZA since there were cousins in the group named RZA and GZA. My shop name is so close to my heart and it helps me stand behind every item I create. It's a piece of me.


Below you will find some new looks from KRZA! 

Want to shop KRZA by Krystle Dawn? Click HERE 

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Featured below is the

"Skinny Turban" in Rising Tide & "The Halo" in Rosebud Velvet


New Beauty Products & What I Think!

I have been trying out a lot of new beauty products lately and wanted to give you all the low down on all these fun new things! I am always shopping around for new skincare, haircare, and cosmetics and love to share when I find things I really love! Here are just two of the brands I've been loving recently!  

Formula 10.0.6

Formula 10.0.6

I have to start with Formula 10.0.6. This brand has really blown me out of the water with their products. The quality is amazing and the products do exactly what they say! You can shop these products online as well as find them in local retail stores, such as Ulta and Old Navy. I also really appreciate that the brand uses fresh, natural ingredients specifically formulated to promote clear and healthy skin, isn't that what we all strive for?! Formula 10.0.6 graciously sent me these products to try and I can honestly tell you I am really impressed with this brand! The masks especially have to be my favorites! I've been using these products for about a month and love what they have done for my skin!


J'aime My...

J'aime My...

Next up is The brand J'aime My... this is a new hair line that is carried exclusively at Ulta and was created by Franck Provost, one of the top hair stylists in the world. First I die for the packaging, I love the foiled look, I also love the shape of the bottle, guaranteed you will not waste any product! I've been using these products for a few weeks and love how my hair feels and the scent is like I just left the salon! These products are great and perfect for all hair types! Thank you also to J'aime for sending me some products!


You can find the products discussed here:

Formula 10.0.6

J'aime My...

Art & Chat with Katie Meek!

I have teamed up with a beautiful creative, Katie Meek, of Meekly Yours! Seriously how awesome is the name of her business!? Thanks to Rising Tide Society, Katie and I have collaborated to showcase some of her stunning pieces and give fellow creatives/girlbosses some insight on business and taking risks! Meekly Yours (www.meeklyyours.com) is a design, hand lettering, and illustration studio owned and operated by Katie Meek. Meekly Yours creates unique products using hand drawn lettering and illustrations and positive messages, including laser cut word signs, greeting cards, and art prints, that bring joy and whimsy to customers and clients. Meekly Yours also offers custom services for all products to make your special moments unique and personal. Make sure to check Katie out on Facebook (www.facebook.com/meeklyyours); Instagram & Twitter (@meeklyyours) and show her some love!


How did you get started doing your business?

 After graduating from college, with a B.A. in graphic design, I worked in print production as a project manager. As a creative outlet, I started sketching and doodling more and decided creating my own cards and prints, featuring my designs, to share them with the world.

How long have you been creating these pieces?

 I started creating designs at the end of 2014 and officially formed my business in January 2015. I have been in business just over two years. 

What inspires your work? 

I'm inspired by everything around me, but a lot of my inspiration comes from seeing the work of other creatives, being in nature, and spending time with my friends and family. 

What is your goal for your business? 

Hand lettering is a unique, expressive approach to design that I'm drawn to and bring me joy. I strive to create designs that are bright, positive, and help bring joy and personality to my customers and clients—whether it's brightening their home and office decor or celebrating a special event in their lives.

What would you suggest to other creatives and girl bosses that want to grow their business? 

There are two main things I would recommend when starting and growing your business. First, be willing to take a leap of faith sometimes. Planning and troubleshooting is great, but at some point you have to take the jump and do what your planning to do—whether you're opening your business, adding a new product, or starting a new avenue of your business. There is no “right time.” Second, you don't have to and shouldn't do everything. Trends, business philosophies, and social media platforms come and go, but some may not be right for your business. Look at what makes the most sense for your business, your life, and your customers and it will all work out.

What is your favorite piece? 

My favorite piece changes a lot as I add new designs. I love the “Oh the Places You'll Go" wood sign (https://www.etsy.com/listing/509951652/oh-the-places-youll-go-laser-cut-wood?ref=shop_home_feat_1) and the “Mocha” cupcake print (https://www.etsy.com/listing/509359428/cupcake-hand-illustrated-5x7in-mini?ref=listing-shop-header-3). The “Monstrous Salutations” card (https://www.etsy.com/listing/218562336/monstrous-salutations-card-hand-lettered?ref=shop_home_active_4) was one of my very first cards and is still a top favorite. 

Collaboration with Jacques Reboul!

I am closing this month with my recent collaboration with Jacques Reboul a chic watch company! Their watches are very unique with their octagon shape and versatility! Below you can see one of their unisex watches in the Rose Classic Cavendish style. This watch goes with everything and is perfect to pair with any outfit whether it be for work or for a fun night out, this time piece is classic! I paired this beautiful piece with classic black pants and printed shirt with loafers for the office! Hope you all enjoy!

Check out this and many other beautiful watches over on https://www.jacquesreboul.com/

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