At Home With Ugg

At Home With Ugg

At Home With Ugg

At Home With Ugg

At Home With Ugg

At Home With Ugg

At Home With Ugg

At Home With Ugg

I am a big homebody most of the time.  I love traveling and exploring new cities, trying new places to eat, and dancing on a Saturday night with my friends.  However, there is nothing as good for my soul as a night at home, with Dave, a glass of wine and our pups curled up next to us.  I have always been a huge fan of Ugg Boots (who isn’t really?). Even as the trends have changed and different styles have emerged, Ugg is a classic timepiece, that withstands the winds of change.  They have adopted and evolved but always stayed true to their brand.  There are not many people that do not recognize the ever popular sheepskin boots that so many have donned.

While I wear my Uggs all winter long for all different types of occasions, Uggs have such a home-y style to me.  I cannot tell you how excited I was to pull these out of the back of the closet once the temperatures dropped.  Just sliding my feet into the ever familiar, soft inside lining brought back all sorts of memories-snowball fights, cool breeze Fall walks with the dogs, trips to a pumpkin patch, and walking the Magnificent Mile in Chicago during Christmas time.  All that from just a shoe!! Crazy right? But isn’t that the best part of fashion? The feeling it gives you when you put it on? Don’t you get that little extra pep in your step when you are wearing your favorite shirt? Or maybe a new pair of heels gives you that little boost of confidence to go talk to the guy? Or kill the interview? That is my favorite part! How clothing can change your day.  Because fashion is so much more then just boots, its about making you feel good at the end of the day.

Anyways, my Uggs are out for the season.  Dave got me the short traditional style with the button on the side last year.  I paired them with some denim and a soft, cozy stripped top.  Plus this beanie is going to be on repeat all winter long (and it’s only $15!)!!

I’m on a plane headed back to Chicago this weekend to try on wedding dresses! Wish me luck! And check out my Instagram Stories for some BTS sneak peeks! ūüôā Have a great weekend!

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Pom Pom Camel Sweater

Pom Pom Camel Sweater

Pom Pom Camel Sweater

Pom Pom Camel Sweater

Pom Pom Camel Sweater

Pom Pom Camel Sweater

Pom Pom Camel Sweater

Pom Pom Camel Sweater

Sharing this adorable Pom Pom sweater from Takes Two To Trend this morning! This Pom Pom camel sweater is a perfect addition to your Fall style this season. This Fall I’m all about the trends-cheetah print, oversized sweaters, velvet (I need to get a piece like this!), wearing white in Fall and this comfortable and soft pom pom camel sweater. It’ s a super quality piece that is more affordable then it looks (it’s under $45!). Perfect for the upcoming Holidays as well! Lauren Em Readers get 15% off this sweater and any other adorable Takes Two To Trend piece with the code ‘LAURENEM’.  I love this super soft Burgundy sweater from them as well!

Hope you enjoy your day! Dave and I are headed back to Chicago this weekend- I have several appointments to try on wedding dresses! (No, Dave is not coming with haha) Make sure to stay tuned and see some BTS on my Instagram stories! ūüôā leave a comment with any tips you have for bridal appointments! I‚Äôm hoping to do a post on this soon after (what I learned, tips I have, etc!). 

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How To Prepare For Your Engagement Photos

How To Prepare For Your Engagement Photos

how to prepare for your engagement photos

I was a little apprehensive about our engagement photos.  Dave and I have never taken professional photos together and I wanted them to be just right.  We were paying a lot of money (for an amazing photographer) and I just wanted them to be perfect and display who Dave and I are as a couple.  I started thinking about all the things I did before our session, to prepare for our photos.  While this is not your actual wedding day, these are the pictures your family and friends will see as a representation of your engagement.  Here are a few tips I came up with to prepare for your engagement photos.

how to prepare for your engagement photos

1. Research a Photographer

This is possibly the most important step. ¬†Decide what your budge is, and find a photographer that fits your style within your budget. ¬†I started at the Knot and found local photographers in the Nashville area. ¬†Next, I immediately went to their Instagram (this is basically their online portfolio). I browsed a few Nashville photographers before finding Sowing Clover Photography. ¬†Chris’s photos immediately struck a cord with me and I could not shake the feeling that he had to photograph our wedding.

Dave and I set an time to meet with Chris over drinks, just to feel each other out and determine if it was a good match. ¬†You want to be comfortable with your photographer because they will capture some of your most special moments-make sure you feel comfortable and your personalities fit together. It’s almost like online dating! We knew the minute we met Chris, he would mesh well with our families and be the perfect fit for our special day. We talked a little bit about the details of what his packages included (make sure if you have any special requests to provide these up front!). ¬†This way, both parities were understanding of what was expected of each other.

Additionally, we gave Chris an idea of what the actual day would look like, what traditions we were keeping and we shared ‘our story’ or how we met/what makes us special as a couple. ¬†We exchanged contact information and eventually contacted Chris to schedule an engagement session. ¬†If you are not sure about a photographer, you can always ask for samples of their work (if they don’t provide it online) and have them shoot your engagement photos as a trial run for your wedding.

how to prepare for your engagement photos

2. Coordinate Your Looks

I spent a few weeks discussing with Dave and trying to determine what I wanted the style of our looks to be.  Our photographer recommended our location (which I highly recommend if they are experienced!) so we were a little unsure of what the backdrop was going to look like.  I knew I wanted a few different styles for our pictures (we did some pictures with Dave in his uniform!).  One style was going to be a little more causal, with both of us in jeans but slightly dressy.  I found this feminine Lush blouse that I knew could be dressed up or paired well with jeans. Dave went with a white polo paired with jeans for a neutral look.  We coordinated and made sure our outfits did not clash but were not too matchy-matchy as well.

 

how to prepare for your engagement photos

3. Personal Care: Nails, Eyebrows, Whiten Teeth, etc.

Paying attention to the little details, produces big results. ¬†Engagement pictures tend to be close up and show the smaller details. ¬†Your photographer can photoshop a pimple or some wrinkles but other things need some extra attention. ¬†I started prepping a few weeks before. ¬†This means a few days before-get your nails done. ¬†A neutral color is preferable so that it looks clean and doesn’t draw too much attention (plus you want to show off that ring!). ¬†Pluck and shape your eyebrows or get them waxed (whatever you do to clean them up). ¬†You’ll have a lot of close up face shots and you will want your eyebrows to be clean and shaped.

Whiten your teeth (my favorite is Crest White Strips) for a pearly white smile! Splurge and get yourself a spray tan-you will glow a little more and feel just that much better with the final edit of your photos-your photographer cannot make you less pasty! I know, personally, I always feel a little bit more confident after a good spray tan.  I use the Versa Spa Spray tan-you can check your local tanning salon to see if they have it!

how to prepare for your engagement photos

4. Clean Ring

My ring holds a special place in my heart and was personally designed by Dave (such a cute story!). I love it so much, especially because he put so much time and thought into it, I knew I wanted to show it off and wanted it to look the best it could! Dave gave me a ring cleaner after he proposed and I definitely suggest investing in some (they are not expensive!). Clean your ring, make it super shiny and wear it proudly for your engagement photos!

how to prepare for your engagement photos

5. Cardio, Cardio, Cardio + Diet

I shared some of my fitness goals in this post here, but I did a small prep session before our engagement photos. Increasing your cardio and cleaning up your diet a few weeks before your engagement pictures can help decrease bloat, tone up a bit and help you feel beautiful overall for your photos! I added in some extra cardio sessions and increased the amount of vegetables I was eating.  I also cut down on the processed food, ice cream, and alcohol I was consuming. My jeans fit perfectly and I felt really energized and beautiful the day of our photos.  It helped me focus more on the love Dave and I were capturing that day instead of any insecurities I had.

how to prepare for your engagement photos\

6. Makeup & Hair Trial Run

If you are not super comfortable doing your makeup or hair, this would be a time I would splurge to have a professional do it.  I knew I wanted my hair to have some loose curls and felt confident in my ability to get my beach waves curls with the wand I use all the time.  Additionally, the week before I did a mini trial run of my makeup to make sure I could get the exact look I was going for.

The day of the engagement photos, I gave myself plenty of time to do my hair and makeup, just in case there was an issue with eyeshadow or some other delay.  I stuck with classic diamond stud earrings (again, did not want to draw too much attention to unnecessary things!). I also kept the jewelry to a minimum to focus on Dave and I as a couple instead of my outfit.

how to prepare for your engagement photos

Dave ordered these shirts for the weekend he proposed and they were so fun to wear out together! We decided last minute to throw them on and get photographed with them as a fun memory for the both of us.

7. Think About Wrinkles

Remember how I mentioned the small details? Pay attention to wrinkles.  These will show up in your photos and are not always able to be photoshopped out.  Personally, my top wrinkled very easily so I made sure to keep it on the hanger until the very last minute.  I also brought this spray for any last minute creases that might come up. Even sitting in the car for an extended period of time can wrinkle a shirt, so be sure to pay attention to this.  Change at your location if possible or keep clothes on the hanger until the last possible second. Also iron your clothes before the shoot!

how to prepare for your engagement photos

I’ll be sharing more of our photos on the blog in due time. ¬†Leave a comment below describing any tips you have for future brides on how to prepare for your engagement photos!

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Fall Cowl Neck Sweater

fall cowl neck sweater

fall cowl neck sweater

fall cowl neck sweater

fall cowl neck sweater

fall cowl neck sweater

fall cowl neck sweater

I’ve never really been a fan of turtlenecks ever since I was a little girl. ¬†Something about the tightness on my neck, just made me feel claustraphobic and uncomfortable. ¬†However cowl neck sweaters are looser around the neck, don’t go up to my ears and have a similar look! Once I saw this one, I wanted to give the style a try-and I’m so glad I did! This is a Lush sweater from last season and they did not bring it back (so upset about this!) However, I linked below a bunch of similar cowl neck sweaters!

I love the style because it can be super casual with leggings and some sneakers or dressed up with jeans and a pair of booties. Plus they come in a bunch of colors and price options!

Happy Friday Loves! Enjoy your weekend!

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The Softest Fall Sweater

Sweater: Takes Two To Trend (under $40!) | Jeans: STS Blue (under $50!) | Heels: Takes Two To Trend | Purse: ASOS | Sunnies: Quay Sunglasses

I’ve been sharing a bunch of Fall looks lately on the blog. ¬†See how I styled this classic plaid¬†shirt or the perfect neutral sweater for the season. Today, I found the softest Fall sweater (and it’s under $40!)! And paired it with some strappy, buckle heels for a little bit of edge. This has to be one of my favorite looks to date on the blog! I’m pretty sure I’m going to be living in this sweater this season-it is that soft and comfortable! Both the sweater and the heels are from Takes Two To Trend- one of my favorite new brands. ¬†It’s owned by my friends Emily and Courtney and they hand pick affordable but super chic and feminine pieces for their shop.

Dave and I are knee deep in wedding planning, we’ve picked a venue, set a date and selected our photographer. ¬†Our colors are blush pink, champagne, and a pop of burgundy. ¬†We decided on who is going to be in the bridal party and are working on ordering our save the date cards! It’s been super exciting but a little overwhelming-there are just so many choices! I’m flying home to Chicago next weekend to go dress shopping with my Mom, sisters and soon to be mother in law! I’m hoping the majority of the planning is finished by the holidays so we can relax a bit. ¬†Our date is set for August 31st of 2018 so it’s going to be coming up quickly. ¬†Can’t wait to share more with you as the plans continue to be finalized.

Lauren Em Readers get 15% off at Takes Two To Trend with the code ‘LAURENEM

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Wearing White in Fall

wearing white in fall

wearing white in fallwearing white in fall

wearing white in fall

wearing white in fall

wearing white in fall

wearing white in fall

wearing white in fall

I’m not usually a rule breaker, but wearing white after Labor Day is one rule I never follow. ¬†White is a staple in my wardrobe (see this feminine white blouse here) and it can fit into your style for every season. ¬†The key is to understand where it’s place is for each season. ¬†This Fall, there are some trends I am LOVING-including adding pops of cheetah print. ¬†This cheetah clutch is the perfect way to spice up any Fall outfit. ¬†When adding a print like this, keep the majority of the outfit a little more neutral. ¬†What is more neutral then white?

This white ruffle top is the perfect addition to your Fall wardrobe and it includes another Fall trend this year-ruffles! Ruffles are everywhere this season, making your look a little more feminine (my favorite!). ¬†My amazing friends Courtney and Emily (they’re identical twins!) have a fashion line, Takes Two To Trend. ¬†Their pieces are stylish, feminine and super affordable! I found this gorgeous white ruffle top and added a little edge with these buckle heels. You can find both of these pieces at¬†Takes Two To Trend plus so many more pieces! All Lauren Em readers get 15% off with the code ‘LAURENEM‘ !!

 

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Little Blush Dress

little blush dress

little blush dress

little blush dress

little blush dress

little blush dress

Obviously if you’ve been on social media, you saw that Dave and I go our engagement pictures back. ¬†They were everything we hoped they would be! Just amazing. ¬†Our photographer did a few individual shots for us as he knew I had a fashion blog. ¬†I choose this little blush dress for one of our looks because of how feminine, soft and flattering it was! It went perfectly with the soft, sunset skies we were fortunate to have.

I’m going to be doing a few more ‘engagement’ themed posts (Did you see this post about 8 Healthy Habits to Commit To During Your¬†Engagement)-as I want you to see all of the pictures! There were so many of them! Let me know if there is anything in particular you would like to know or see on the blog coming up!

 

 

Photos by: Sowing Clover Photography

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