Dressed Up Comfort With Sunglasses Shop

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Apparently I'm jumping early into the holiday spirit, because today I'm bringing you yet another fabulous giveaway! It wasn't until a friend of mine started working at a major eyewear retailer that I ditched my five-dollar Forever 21 shades for quality pairs. A great pair of sunglasses can do more than just make a statement. A quality piece protects your eyes while providing you with a classic accessory to last a lifetime (given you don't lose or sit on them..). 

Read on to find out how I style my new favorite pair of Le Specs sunglasses via Sunglasses Shop with a cozy-chic look. Be sure to enter my giveaway to win a pair of your choice as well!

Sunglasses: c/o Le Specs via Sunglasses Shop
Sweater: Zara (similar) | Pants: c/o Boohoo (similar) | Bag: Zara

As the weather in the Northeast gets colder, my wardrobe strategy leans towards dressing up in the coziest way possible. Today's outfit is just one example of this idea, as it includes pieces that I could easily sleep in without actually involving pajamas. A simple cropped sweater and high waisted jersey pants make for an elegant combination that is guaranteed to keep you comfortable all day and night.

An easy beauty and accessory upgrade quickly elevates this look above weekend loungewear. In this case, I curled my hair and threw on these lovely Le Specs shades to create a classic look fit for any occasion. I especially love these sunglasses because the frames keep it chic and unique to match any outfit I wear in the future. If any other silhouettes complement your style, Sunglasses Shop offers a wide range of brands from Ray-Ban to Dior for you to choose from. 

But before shopping, don't forget to enter my giveaway with Sunglasses Shop for a chance to win any Le Specs frame of your choosing! All rules are written in the Rafflecopter below:

A Cozy Getaway

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Here's to the moments that remind us to slow down, step back, and appreciate.

I spent a recent weekend visiting family away from the city, and it quickly became just the escape I needed. As much as I love the vibrancy of New York, the city has its way of burning you out before you have time to hit the breaks. This particular trip was spent looking after my baby cousins and lounging around their quiet suburban home that sits on a lake. Over the course of the entire weekend there was no sense of hurry or need to fulfill a checklist of tasks. The rush of daily life stood still for just long enough to remind me to appreciate these small moments.

Booties: c/o Skechers | Cardigan: Zara (similar)
Jeans: Zara (similar) | Hat: H&M

A cozy weekend away calls for nothing but comfort, and I made sure to pack my bags as such. An oversized cardigan goes a long way in autumn, from outdoor layering to lounging around the house. I love this particular piece because its weight provides some extra comfort while maintaining style with the marled knit detail. 

These slouchy suede boots from Skechers top off the cozy look, along with a low heel and simple details to match any outfit you might take on a trip. I wore this pair throughout a day of shopping around the town center, and my feet felt no discomfort by the evening. It's safe to say I'll be wearing these around the city quite often now!

PS. Congrats to Kassie for winning my Coco & Marie necklace giveaway, and thank you to everyone who participated! There will be another one coming up very soon..

1 Scarf, 30 Ways:
The Coutourist Challenge Part 5

Sunday, October 25, 2015

We made it! Today's post marks the last of my looks for The Coutourist Challenge, and I truly hope you've enjoyed and discovered some new styling ideas from this experience. My final few looks are compiled together to show you how to take your Coutourist scarf through an entire day of travel in style, from packing your morning bag to that evening sip of wine.

PS. Read the full post to find out how you can get free shipping + a surprise gift from Coutourist!

The Hermès Twilly Wrap.

There is no doubt that Hermès is the leader when it comes to scarf style, so I've recreated one of my favorite wraps by the iconic brand for this week's challenge. The night before any day of travel,  I make sure to pack my bag with all the essentials to avoid rushing out the door the next morning. Next time you're prepping for the day, give your travel bag an upgrade by wrapping your scarf around the handles for that Hermès-inspired pop of color.

The Headscarf (Part 2).

As you venture out to your first destination, keep your hair in check against that morning breeze with a bold headscarf. This easy look is also the perfect solution to staying photo-ready on an unexpected bad hair day.

The Statement Bag.

An afternoon of shopping is always on my itinerary for travel, and now your scarf can make it even easier. With two easy knots, the scarf becomes a lightweight bag to hold just what you need for a hands-free, seamless shopping trip.

The Infinity Scarf.

You can probably already tell that I prefer basic outfits when packing for travel, so a lightweight scarf ensures that no two outfits look the same. For  this look I've tied my skinny fold into an infinity scarf to create a simple accessory with an eye-catching statement.

The New Watchband.

After an afternoon of exploring, I like to take a short break back at my hotel to work on content and organize for the following days. Wherever your workspace lies, stay on schedule in style by replacing your watchband with a silk scarf. The result is a colorful accessory that changes each new time you re-tie it.

The Evening Necktie.

Finally, finish off your trip with dinner and wine in your best evening outfit. Since my wardrobe gravitates towards monochrome, I've created an easy necktie look with my Coutourist scarf to add a bit of personality.

Vincent Van Gogh Cafe Terrace at Night Scarf in Rosec/o Coutourist:

Thank you so much for following along on this Coutourist journey for the past five weeks! This has definitely been one of the most creative projects I've worked on for Looks by Lau, and it has been so exciting to share it with you. To take part in your own Coutourist Challenge, use the code MTB003 for free shipping on your purchase! Coutourist will also be sending a free gift to the first 10 shoppers who use the code, so get shopping!

In case you missed any of my thirty scarf looks, you can find my previous posts below:
1 // 2 // 3 // 4

Disclaimer: This post was written in collaboration with Coutourist. All opinions are my own.

How To Take Your Travel Outfit (And Hair) From Day To Night

Thursday, October 22, 2015

I'm the kind of traveler who prefers to have each day planned out perfectly, but we all know that every trip comes with its unexpected diversions. Because of this I like to make sure my outfits are ready for everything from weather changes to spontaneous plans. Today I'm sharing a look that can take you instantly from sightseeing to fine dining, including the travel-friendly hair tool by Irresistible Me that your carry-on will thank you for.

Fall Favorites + Necklace Giveaway [CLOSED]!

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Despite New York's unexpected dive into winter weather, I'm hanging onto lingering thoughts of autumn for as long as possible. Today I'm sharing my wardrobe favorites for the breezy season that have taken me everywhere from school and work to a brief weekend getaway. Read on to win one of these pieces for yourself as well!

1 Scarf, 30 Ways:
The Coutourist Challenge Part 4

Sunday, October 18, 2015

In true Coutourist fashion, I took my scarf down south this weekend on a brief weekend getaway with family by the lake. Today I've styled my piece with key fall wardrobe staples fit for any occasion for Week 4 of The Coutourist Challenge. From an evening necklace to a statement headscarf, the Coutourist scarf takes on any shape to take on everything your day may bring.

PS. Read the full post for an exclusive free shipping coupon code!

The Accent Belt.

Take your little black dress from day to night with an easy accent belt. Using the skinny fold, your scarf becomes a versatile accessory to dress up more than just your neck. 

The Striped Dress

Thursday, October 15, 2015

It's safe to say I'm not a pants girl. With short legs and the thighs of a former dancer, I typically dread shopping for fall/winter bottoms. Since New York is still welcoming some transitional weather, I'm taking advantage of every last opportunity to make use of my summer wardrobe. Versatile pieces like this striped number are sure to stick around for a while.

What I Wore:
College Fashion Week With European Wax Center

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

I have yet to verbalize the phrase brows on fleek, but today I might make an exception. This past weekend I attended my last College Fashion Week on behalf of Her Campus & European Wax Center. Aside from being an overall fabulous event, CFW embodies the idea that the fashion and beauty industries are open to anyone, a statement with which European Wax Center fits perfectly. The brand delivers its services and products under the idea that beautiful skin comes not from concealing ourselves, but rather from revealing our natural qualities.

Read on for more on what I wore to the event and my experience with European Wax Center:

1 Scarf, 30 Ways:
The Coutourist Challenge Part 3

Sunday, October 11, 2015

Packing a light bag is every girl's travel struggle, but with Coutourist and a little creativity it becomes an easy feat. For Week 3 of The Coutourist Challenge, I've styled my favorite scarf with just a top, coat, and two bottoms to create six more everyday looks. With the combination of simple wardrobe staples and a great statement piece, you won't have to worry about repeating outfits or overloading the luggage.

PS. Read the full post for an exclusive free shipping coupon code!

70's Flashback.

The Seventies trend has been one of my favorites this fall, and now getting the look is made easy with the help of Coutourist. By simply giving a long, skinny shape to the scarf, your outfit instantly becomes on-trend without having to break the bank.

Over the Knee

Thursday, October 8, 2015

The weather has officially hit that transitional period of arctic mornings and unpredictable afternoons. As much as I love fall temperatures, getting dressed now means struggling to battle the early chill without sweating bullets later in the day. I typically count on various layers to take on the seasonal transition, but that doesn't stop at outerwear. Taking on a versatile, adaptable look for autumn is as easy as a pair of over-the-knee socks.

Dress Up, Because You Can

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

There are tons of things that scare me, but style is never one of them. As a blogger I've learned to force myself into comfort when seemingly overdressed in public. Take this shoot as an example. Despite how it seems, I'm in the suburbs where monochrome outfits don't exist, blocking confused onlookers from crossing this bridge while I keep my serious camera face on. The overall situations of my shoots are not unlike those in real life. If the occasion allows for it, simply out of preference I will dress to the nines -- because I can. 

1 Scarf, 30 Ways
The Coutourist Challenge Part 2

Sunday, October 4, 2015

We're bringing it into the fall season with Week 2 of the Coutourist Challenge! If you missed last Sunday's post, I've partnered with Coutourist to share thirty ways to wear my favorite of their silk scarves over the course of five weeks. Between work, school, and travel, I value versatile pieces that keep both the luggage light and the photos exciting (do it for the Instagram, you know?). With the help of Coutourist, a few classic outfits transform into countless unique looks.

PS. Read the full post for an exclusive free shipping coupon code!

A Colorful Updo.

Your everyday updo just got an upgrade with some Coutourist color. With hectic travel schedules, I am often guilty of throwing my hair into a ponytail and running out the door. With the help of the Coutourist scarf transformed into an elegant hair accessory, this classic updo will surely turn heads.

Essential Fall Accessories

Friday, October 2, 2015

With the fall breeze making its way in, my summer wardrobe is officially fading out. As much as I already miss the sunny season, my closet is ready to welcome autumnal tones and my borderline obsession with booties. With the fall weather comes the added expense of heavier layers, and this year I want to focus more on timeless investment pieces. Especially in anticipation of New York's unforgiving cold weather, a girl needs only the best to take on whatever the city commute may bring.

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