DENIM BOW DRESS

June 24th, 2016

I’ve been wearing a lot of denim lately (see denim off the shoulder top and denim off the shoulder dress), but I couldn’t help but get another denim piece when it’s this cute! I love the front bow and how the cutout emphasizes the bow. I aslo loved the fact that Topshop offered this in petite sizes! With the boater hat, I’m feeling a bit French in this outfit and it makes me even more anxious for our trip to France next month! Stay tuned!

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DETAILS
Photography – Jason Huang
Dress – Topshop – size 0P
Mules – Old Vince Camuto – find similar HERE and HERE
Tote – Madewell – comes in 2 colors
Boater HatMorning Lavender
Gold Aviator Sunglasses: Morning Lavender

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MORNING LAVENDER MAXI JUMPSUIT

June 22nd, 2016

During the past several months, the Morning Lavender team and I have been working with the amazingly stylish and hilarious Kathleen of Carrie Bradshaw Lied. We wanted to start a series of curated collections for Morning Lavender featuring some of our favorite fashionistas that would represent our brand well. Kathleen was one of our favorite bloggers from the beginning and her engaging personality made it even more enjoyable collaboration! We had a blast during our Palm Springs Lookbook shoot! This outfit here is one of my favorites from our #CBLxML collaboration. I love that it looks like a maxi dress but it’s really a jumpsuit! The shorts make it super comfortable to wear and the flowiness of the maxi makes you feel so fabulous. As the owner of the boutique, I wish that every item we carry fits me well, but sadly (or as my husband says gladly) I am very petite and not all styles are made for petite gals like myself. This particular maxi jumpsuit has an elastic waist so I feel like it stretches for your body and the cut makes it flattering on just about everyone. I rounded up some of my other petite-friendly styles from our #CBLxML collaboration below. I’m working on bringing more of them to Morning Lavender! Hurry though – some of the items are already selling out!

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I also just got these new platform shoes and they are surprisingly super comfy! I love that they give me the added height I need but also looks very stylish!
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OUTFIT DETAILS
Photography – Jason Huang
Tropical Maxi JumpsuitMorning Lavender
Gold Bow NecklaceMorning Lavender
Handbag – Saint Laurent – I’ve been wearing this everywhere – a white purse is a must for the Summer!
Gold Aviator Sunglasses: Morning Lavender
Shoes – Michael Kors

Not only are these petite-friendly (some of them even come in size XS), but everything in our #CBLxML collaboration is also under $100! Just click on the photo below to shop!

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TRAVEL DIARY: SAN FRANCISCO

June 20th, 2016

It’s time of the year when the hubs and I start traveling quite a bit for wedding photography shoots. We can’t complain – we love to travel and the fact that we get to do it together and for work makes it even more special. Whenever we go for a wedding destination shoot, we add on a few more days for ourselves. I’m not sure how we fit it all in with our businesses and busy schedules, but we try to make the most of every moment and opportunity. I must admit it gets a bit tiring to take photos for the blog everywhere after shooting countless hours for a wedding a day before, but when I see these images captured by Jason, I know it’s all worth it and thankful to have these beautiful memories to look back on! So stay tuned for more travel diaries this summer!

I’m finally getting to post a little recap of our recent trip to one of our favorite U.S. cities – San Francisco. We have family and friends in the city so it makes it an extra special place to visit for us. Jason and I are big fans of walking cities and we love that San Francisco has so much to offer every time we go. I’ve been to SF countless times before but we decided to go to some new places this time and found the views to be pretty stunning. With A LOT of encouragement from the hubs, I conquered my fears and managed to get some amazing photos from the swing at Kirby Cove. It’s a little bit of a hike, but a very easy/paved hike (and I’m not a hiker) down to the beach.

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Photo of us by Kevin Ho

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For incredible views of the Golden Gate, we headed to Hawk Hill. This is also in Sausalito and you can drive pretty far up and it’s a short walk from the parking lot. I love that you can see the Golden Gate and the wildlife on the other side. It’s a beautiful spot to catch the sunset! My husband did an amazing job (as usual) of capturing the beauty of the moment:
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Besides the beautiful scenery, we also love eating, shopping, visiting museums and exploring neighborhoods. Some of our favorite eats are Philz Coffee (a must), R&G Lounge (get the salt & pepper crab!), Hog Island Oyster Co (the clam chowder & oysters are amazing), Boba Guys, Burma Superstar (the tea leaf salad!), Gary Danko (fine dining but soooo worth it) and Flour + Water. For more of our favorite things to do, follow me on snapchat @lacenlocks and Instagram @laceandlocks!

OUTFIT DETAILS
Photography – Jason Huang
High Waisted JeansMorning Lavender
Pink Maxi SkirtMorning Lavender
Top – Zara
Gold Aviator Sunglasses: Morning Lavender
Mules – Old Vince Camuto – find similar HERE and HERE
Pleated Midi Skirt – ASOS
Round Sunglasses – Nordstrom
Handbag – Chloe Drew
Bow Heels – Old Steve Madden – find similar HERE and HERE

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WHITE EMBROIDERED SHIRT DRESS

June 17th, 2016

Here’s another look from last week’s trip to Napa. I love the clean, simple look of this white embroidered shirt dress! And I also love how you can add a large floppy hat and elevate the entire look.

On another note, I get asked a lot about what camera I use to take my photos, especially when traveling. My husband and I are professional wedding photographers so we are equipped with the Canon 5d Mark iii and a variety of Sigma and Canon lenses. However, sometimes when we travel, we don’t want to deal with the bulkiness of lugging around our professional equipment so we invested in the Fuji XT1 which is a light, mirrorless camera and takes pretty amazing photos. We have recommended it to many friends for traveling and they love it! If you have more questions, feel free to send me a message on Snapchat (@lacenlocks). This set of photos below was actually take with the Fuji XT1:

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DETAILS
Photography – Hanh Nguyen
Dress – ASOS – size 0. Also love this midi shirt dress from Ann Taylor and this shirt dress from Eliza J
Shoes – Old Vince Camuto – find similar HERE and HERE
Pink Tote BagMorning Lavender
Large Floppy HatMorning Lavender
Sunglasses – Nordstrom

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NAPA TRIP: FIT AND FLARE STRIPE DRESS

June 13th, 2016

This past weekend, I traveled with my girlfriends to beautiful Napa Valley, CA to celebrate a bachelorette party for one of my closest friends. We chose Napa for the occasion for the vino of course, but also for the breathtaking scenery and delicious food! One of our favorite experiences on the trip was wine tasting at one of our favorite vineyards, Shafer. We were treated to a tour and tasting in a small, intimate group and loved hearing about the history of the vineyard and winemakers. Known for their Hillside Select Cabernet, each wine we tasted was full of flavor and I’m not much of a wine connoisseur myself, but I thoroughly enjoyed the wines and experience at Shafer. I highly recommend this tasting to anyone and no this is not a sponsored post!

When I travel, I love packing for the location! Since Napa is such a beautiful place full of light and greenery, I packed a lot of light, feminine dresses. I already had in mind the perfect dress to wear on this trip – this lovely fit and flare stripe dress from Chicwish. This is the perfect feminine dress for the Summer and I just love the blend of cotton and polyester, not to mention the adorable bow detailing. Some of our other favorites from this trip were: AdHoc for dinner, Bouchon Bakery for bread, and Bistro Jeanty for oysters happy hour and the most amazing puff pastry tomato soup. Can you tell we did a lot of eating and drinking?! 🙂

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DETAILS
Photography – Hanh Nguyen
Dress – Chicwish – size XS
Shoes – Steve Madden. Also love these ones Steve Madden and Steve Madden
Handbag – Saint Laurent – I’ve been wearing this everywhere – a white purse is a must for the Summer!
Boater HatMorning Lavender
Sunglasses – Nordstrom

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TRAVEL DIARY: PALM SPRINGS GETAWAY

June 9th, 2016

This past week I took my Morning Lavender team to Palm Springs for a fun getaway and mini retreat. It was nice to be out of the office (despite the 100 degree weather), even if it was just for a day. I love the whole vibe of Palm Springs with it’s modern design and colorful inspiration. We rented an airbnb and just decided to stay in, grill some BBQ and relax by the pool. It was the perfect short getaway from Orange County. Here’s a recap of some of the fun photos and also what I wore while on our trip:

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DETAILS
Photography – Jason Huang and Kevin Ho
Floral Romper: Morning Lavender
Bow Sandals: Morning Lavender
Gold Bow Necklace: Morning Lavender
Round Sunglasses – Nordstrom
Gold Aviator Sunglasses: Morning Lavender
Flamingo Floatie – Sunnylife
Scallop Bikini – Marysia
Colorful Maxi Dress: Morning Lavender
Gold Bow Necklace: Morning Lavender
Mules – Old Vince Camuto – find similar HERE and HERE
Stripe Hat – coming soon to Morning Lavender!

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RED LACE OFF THE SHOULDER DRESS

June 8th, 2016

My off the shoulder obsession continues and I’m in love with this new red lace off the shoulder dress! I love all of the detailing, the sleeves and the of course, the bright pop of color that goes well with Palm Springs or any Summer destination. It’s a great travel dress (the thick lace doesn’t wrinkle), especially for a fun date night on your trip.  It’s a sexy and flirty dress and the lace gives it an ultra feminine touch!  The husband even gave me a thumbs up on this dress ;).

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DETAILS
Photography – Jason Huang
Dress – J.O.A. – size XS
Shoes – Steve Madden
Sunglasses – Nordstrom
Handbag – Saint Laurent

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FLORAL MIDI DRESS

June 3rd, 2016

Happy Friday! I’m so ready for the weekend in this colorful floral midi dress. I love the flow and the lovely midi length of this Banana Republic dress. I paired it with my favorite new denim crop jacket to transition it an evening look.

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DETAILS
Photography – Jason Huang
Dress – Banana Republic – size 00P
Denim Crop JacketMorning Lavender
Denim Crop Jacket
Shoes – Steve Madden
Sunglasses – Nordstrom
Gold Bow NecklaceMorning Lavender
Handbag – Saint Laurent

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LITTLE BLACK SCALLOP DRESS

June 1st, 2016

Today I’m wearing this cute, scallop version of the little black dress/a> (LBD). With its halter style and scallop detailing, I just love the design and fit of this affordable dress! Due to our busy work schedules, the hubs and I don’t have date night as much as we would like, but I’m definitely keeping this in my closet for that perfect date night out.

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DETAILS
Photography –
Jason Huang
Scallop DressUrban Outfitters – also comes in white and red is on sale
Earrings – Bauble Bar
Shoes – Steve Madden
Sunglasses – Nordstrom
Handbag – Chanel find more affordable version HERE

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PALM PRINT SLIPDRESS

May 27th, 2016

This long weekend makes me want to hang out by the pool or lounge at some fabulous resort. I’m loving palm print especially for those occasions or just about anything for this Spring/Summer seasons. I found this perfect combination of pink and palm in this adorable palm print dress from Topshop at Nordstrom’s. Its gorgeous print makes it a standout and its light weight material makes it easy for traveling. I paired it with some of my favorite summer accessories from Nordstrom, which as usual has the best selection and variety of jewelry. I can probably spend all day perusing Nordstrom’s site (especially with their current half yearly sale) and find myself completing entire looks with everything from their site – from cute sunnies to designer handbags, gorgeous shoes and of course dainty jewels. Their selection of summer jewelry like these girlie gold pieces and gorgeous gemstones added the finishing touches to this overall fun, summery look.

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DETAILS
Photography – Jason Huang
Dress – Topshop – size 0 (altered – taken in on sides and raised straps). Just found it in petite sizing HERE!
Sunglasses – RayBan
Tote – Nordstrom
Earrings – Kendra Scott Ellie Drop Earrings
Cuff Bracelet – Kendra Scott Gavin Cuff
Shoes – Old Vince Camuto – find similar HERE and HERE

DISCLOSURE: This post is sponsored by Nordstrom. All thoughts, opinions and styling are my own. Thanks for supporting me and my sponsors!

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