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Spring & Easter Dress Options

Happy Wednesday Friends!

Hope y’all are having a great week so far! I have a short week this week as I’m taking Friday off to finally shoot our engagement photos and then head on a mini vacay right after that!! Woot woot! Love me a long weekend!

This week I wanted to share with you one of my favorite dresses for spring and summer along with some fun dress options for Easter next weekend! This dress below is from Old Navy and is one of my favorite dresses they have ever sold! I know that’s a heavy statement but this dress is so light weight and comfortable, perfect for spring and summer here in Florida but there is a plus…this dress has a hidden button between the first and second button that guarantees there won’t be any gaping hole between buttons, this is a game changer! If struggled with tops and dresses that button my whole life and this is amazing! I talked a bit about this on my stories as well @lifestyle_w_laramie if you want to check it out! Anyways this dress comes in a few different colors and patterns and just an overall must have in your closet! It’s perfect for the office, brunch, shopping you name it, I’m wearing this dress everywhere!

Old Navy is killing it in the dress department this season so I’m including some of my favorite below! They are great Easter options as well as just spring/summer dress options to have in your closet! I practically live in dresses during the hotter months so I love having so many options!

What do y’all do for the Easter holiday? Do you have a big celebration or is it more of a casual day? Let me know below!


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!

A Sea of Blue

Happy Thursday y’all!

This is a throwback Thursday to my favorite look I work on our recent cruise! I mean I love the blue on blue aspect of this whole thing. When planning my looks for the cruise this was a definite, you know blue seas, blue outfit, you get it! Anyway this dress is from Forever 21 and I got it for a steal for under $20, and finished the look with these fun blue tinted aviators and my favorite summer wedges from Macy’s.

We shot this look at the top of the ship in some of my favorite areas. I just love all the blue tons and the I just love how the whole look cam together.

On a side note I have some great gift guides coming along with fun holiday looks and maybe even some recipes too! I can’t wait to share with you all!

Classic Fall Style with Loft

Happy Wednesday lovelies!

I have another fall look for y’all! This one reminds me of horse back riding with the high neck and tie detail on the top and the blazer with chic elbow pads this look has all the details! This entire look is from Loft minus the shoes! These leggings are amazing, super comfy but also look more like pants than leggings, a big plus for the office! Again the top has fabulous details and can be worn with jeans for a more casual look. The blazer is a staple piece to have in your closet and this one is perfect especially for this Florida weather! It’s more of a sweater material but has the structure of a heavier jacket along with great details again would be great with jeans or even a skirt.

These pieces are great investment pieces and great mix and match items which are worth every penny. For me personally I tend to sway more towards classic timeless pieces and only purchase a few trendy pieces because the classic pieces will always be in style and a better idea to invest in.

What are your must have pieces in your closet? What do you invest in? Let me know!

Fall Inspiration with Forever 21+

Happy Wednesday babes!

As promised I shot some fall looks for y’all even though it is still summer here in FL. I picked out some pieces that are super easy to wear and all interchangeable, plus very affordable for the most part!

The first fall look I have for you is this super comfy and easy to wear suede dress from Forever 21 Plus, this is cute with this basic white t-shirt underneath from Old Navy and and booties and bag from Kohl’s. This look is very fall and still possible here in the sunshine state without getting to hot! However, if you live somewhere where it’s already getting cooler out this look would be super cute paired with tights and close-toed booties! This whole look is under $75 is perfect to transition into the fall season!

What are your favorite fall pieces? Must haves? Let me know in the comments below!

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

Seven Magic Mountains Desert Vibes

Happy Wednesday babes!

This one is for my fellow curvy girls out there! If you're like me you grew up with Forever 21 being super popular. Well it still is but their sizing is on a whole other level sometimes. Depending on the type of fabric and style I could be a regular size large or a plus size 0, crazy right?

Well until recently I didn't explore their plus size section because honestly their sizing had frustrated me in the past. I made a trip to the mall a few weeks ago and was amazed at the variety in the plus size section. I picked up a few dresses that I took to Vegas and below is one of them! My hats off to brands that are trying to be more size inclusive I'm a size 8/10 and even at that size it's hard to shop some places. Every woman no matter what size deserves to feel as though they can wear whatever they want and have options at any store!

Anyways the dress was a steal at $12 from Forever 21 and the wedges are from Charlotte Russe for $15 it's the perfect easy outfit throw it on and go! I swapped out the wedges for sandals and that was worn on the plane home, yep that comfy! 

Floral Fun Look

Happy Wednesday Everyone! It has been raining constantly here in FL so I've been soaking up the sun when I can and embracing those summer look just a little bit longer! This summer I've been living in rompers, shorts, and dresses because the heat has been unreal this summer! Rompers and jumpers are probably the easiest thing to wear in the summer just because that is your whole outfit! Throw on some cute sandals and fun accessories and call it a day! 

This floral number is of course from Old Navy, they really killed it this year with the floral prints and cute styles! I've worn this romper so much this summer, it was definitely one of my go to's. It is so comfortable yet you feel put together and it's just so easy! I mostly wear it with the accessories you see in the photos, my bright pink sandals also from Old Navy and my delicate pink studs are from Kate Spade. You all know I love a good statement piece but my tried and true jewelry is delicate and simple! 

We have some exciting trips that I can't wait to share with ya'll very soon! I also need ya'll to let me know if you want me to do more than one blog post a week, and if so what days? What are some other things you would like to see on the blog? I've been doing a lot of fashion lately but are you interested in beauty products or home decor?  Let me know in the comments below! 

T-Shirt Shop Series: Tropical Vibes

Happy Memorial Day Everyone! I hope ya'll have had a great weekend! We had such a great weekend hitting Hollywood Studios and Epcot for some fun since we recently became passholders, we are really trying to make the most of it! Also binge re-watched all of Season 2 of Riverdale because literally can not get enough of Bughead, anyone else? I just love the show and all the characters so much! Needless to say we had a fun weekend! 

 Here's my favorite look of the summer T-shirt Shop Series! Perfect for the weekend and summer time here in Florida! I'm obsessed with the floral print shorts and graphic T and how perfect is the pool and palm trees? I live where you vacation and I am so grateful I live in the sunshine state! The look again is all Old Navy and super affordable and I love that all the pieces can easily be paired with other things! 

Hope you all have a great short work week! Let me know what you think about this look and if you want to see something specific on the blog!

Easter Florals

Happy Monday Y'all! Hope you had a fabulous weekend! I had a little me time getting a facial on Saturday and some amazing brunch yesterday for Sunday Funday with our favs, but you're here for the fun floral look below right?! This is another great option for Easter and for spring with the floral details and fun colors. This dress again is from Old Navy along with the baby blue flats! The bag is from Hobo International and I love it for going out or when you don't need to carry a big bulky bag. The flats come in tons of colors and are super comfortable, easy to wear at work and then out or traveling, simply versatile! I love this look and I hope you enjoy it! What are you doing for the holiday? Anything special? Let me know!

 

There are tons of fun things coming up and I can't wait to share them with you guys! We are working on booking some more trips and I'm working on tons of new looks and content for you! xoxo

Photos by the amazing Emma Shourds

Poppin' Pink

Happy February Everyone! With Valentine's Day only weeks away I'm pulling together a few Valentine's looks for y'all! What better way to be festive than with a pop of pink! This is one of my favorite looks for Valentine's Day, it's perfect for the office or date night...or both! I'm loving the classic black flare skirt with the pop of pink and black t-strap heels! It's perfect for all my girls out there that don't want to be in your face Valentine's but still festive! 

If this is still to bold for you try just incorporate some accessories that are for the holiday! Maybe a heart necklace or pink or red bag, something along those lines would be perfect with a solid black dress or jeans and a top!

What is your go to Valentine's look? Do you love the super girly look or like something less pink? Let me know below! 

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 

10/2 until 10/5 use code LWL20 to get 20% off your purchase!

Featured below is the

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